Artist Spotlight: Betye Saar

February 6, 2020

A California native and key figure in the Black Arts Movement, Betye Saar weaves layers of memory and resistance into her prints, collages, and assemblages.

Read more about Betye Saar in advance of the February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Assemblage Art

February 22, 2018

Assemblage art hasn’t lost any steam over the years and Los Angeles Modern Auctions is thrilled to include a group of pieces by four important American artists who produced work in the assemblage idiom: Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Chris Ferebee, and Louise Nevelson in the February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Just In: Joseph Cornell Collage

January 24, 2017

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The work of self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is among the most distinctive in the history of 20th century American art. A reclusive figure, Cornell was inspired to become an artist on encountering the work of the French Surrealists at an exhibition in New York City. ‘Untitled (Waxed Collage)’ is a work from Cornell’s 1960s period and shows a cartoonish gentleman in formal dress, looking through a hand telescope. Set within a white circle, the figure is collaged against a photograph of a mountainous landscape under a vast, orange-lit sky.

Joe Brainard: Poetic Assemblage

February 13, 2016

Lot 132, Joe Brainard, Guess Where I Found This?!! (1964)

Joe Brainard developed an odd and appealing personal iconography. One of the most prolific and protean figures in the American art and literary world of the 1960s and 1970s, he worked in a range of artistic mediums that included oil painting and drawing, but is best known for his collage and assemblage pieces. Of Brainard critic Bruce Hainley wrote, “His little books of drawings and writings can be placed snugly next to Edward Ruscha’s [books]: both reveal the genius of fearlessly pursuing a banal idea with single-minded thoroughness.”

Just In: Early and Rare Tony Berlant House

November 10, 2015


Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a rare early piece by L.A.’s own Tony Berlant. Berlant has been creating vivid metal collages since the early sixties. He cuts up and hammers with steel brads either found material or new tin into three-dimensional objects and reliefs; assemblages with riotous, “kinky” colors. The collaged surfaces are tactile, patterned like “armored quilts,” and have an artisanal, handcrafted look. He revels in the resulting piecemeal quality, and says, “A lot of what I like about it is . . . the physical labor and activity.”