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Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens

May 11, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens

Missouri-born ceramic and glass artist, Glen Lukens (1887–1967), is celebrated as one of “the great artist-teachers” of the twentieth century. Through his workshops, writing, and experiments, he sparked a sweeping interest in traditional pottery methods that had been discounted with the advent of new technologies and trends. At the time, America’s formal ceramic tradition was rooted on the East Coast where many of European artisans had settled. As a result, Lukens’ independent approach to the discipline emerged liberally and untethered. The artist developed a practice characterized by a rough, organic aesthetic that proposed a visual counter-argument to the precise and decorative styles of his predecessors.

Read more about Glen Lukens in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

National Women’s Month: Women Artists Spotlighted

March 30, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

In honor of National Women’s History Month, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) spotlights five stellar women artists whose potent work and individual practices celebrate womanhood and female autonomy, call into question responses to gender parity, and transcend traditional conceptions of gender identity to address broader issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and tolerance for all humans.

Just In: Alvin Lustig

January 26, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

After a few months studying under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East in Wisconsin in 1935 American modernist design polymath Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) decided that a career restricted solely to the field of architecture wasn’t for him. Lustig, who once claimed that he was “born modern,” had a grander, more holistic vision for design that took a montage approach, incorporating and synthesizing diverse principles from an ever-evolving litany of sources, old and new.

Emerson Woelffer, Postwar Renaissance Man

April 26, 2016

Lot 275, Emerson Woelffer, Cook and Fish (1943)

A self-described “abstract surrealist,” the painter, collagist, and teacher Emerson Woelffer was in many ways the very ideal of a postwar American artist. His distinctive style of Abstract Expressionism was inflected by his many and varied interests and experiences. Certainly one of Woelffer’s most enduring legacies is the inspiration he gave his students. When Woelffer came to Los Angeles in the 1960s he became a mentor to an impressive roster of devoted students at the Chouinard Institute that included Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and Charles Arnoldi. His work was shaped, too, by his move to Southern California, which prompted a discernable shift to bolder, brighter colors in his paintings.

Just In: Ruth Asawa Complex Hanging Sculpture

November 19, 2013

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that a Ruth Asawa multilobed hanging sculpture from c. 1956, Untitled S.437 (Hanging, Seven-Lobed, Two-Part Continuous Form within a Form with Two Small Spheres), will go to auction on February 23, 2014. Estimated at $300,000 – 500,000, this complex hanging work, measuring nearly 9 feet, will be offered on the market for the first time since it was commissioned in mid-1950s.