Ibram Lassaw: Wearable Sculptures

February 3, 2016

Ibram Lassaw Jewelry

Ibram Lassaw was a pioneering American abstract sculptor. His expressionistic welded wire-and-alloy pieces presaged the open-form sculptures of later artists. Lassaw would create some 1,000 unique jewelry pieces, mostly pendants, in materials ranging from bronze and copper to gold plate. Lassaw’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Peter’s Pick of the Day: An Alexander Calder Standing Mobile

May 13, 2015

 Alexander Calder, Quatre Blancs, 1976, LAMA Auction May 17, 2015

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer an outstanding sculpture by Alexander Calder: Lot 167, Quatre Blancs (1976), on offer at our May 17 auction. Alexander Calder (1898–1976), a modernist master known for revolutionizing abstract sculpture and originating kinetic art mobiles, lived much of his professional life between France and the East Coast. He spent a pivotal time during his youth, however, in California and the Los Angeles area in particular. Indeed, from Northern California to Southern California, across the state, stand many of Calder’s commissions and public sculptures.

From Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art:

This standing mobile is a prime example of Calder’s artistic genius. The substantial size, the simple construction, the elegant balance, and the primary colors–Quatre Blancs shows Calder’s masterful ability to distill his life’s work into a simple gesture. Although we think of Calder in terms of Paris and the East Coast, he spent a few years of his boyhood in Southern California and, as he suggests in his autobiography, the experience affected him profoundly.

Calder’s Final Flourish: Late Life Masterpiece to Auction May 17, 2015

April 20, 2015


Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that an impressive Alexander Calder standing mobile from 1976, Quatre Blancs, will be on offer at the May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. Among Calder’s very last works, this piece was made for his Galerie Maeght show in December 1976, which opened shortly after his death. The prestigious Parisian gallery, a beloved mecca for the postwar avant-garde and art cognoscenti, nurtured the careers of other 20th-century masters as well, including Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, and Joan Miró. This outstanding work, Lot 167, will be on the market for the first time since the original owner purchased it in 1978 through Galerie Maeght, Paris, and will be sold with a copy of the original purchase receipt.

Record-Breaking Auctions Continue at LAMA; Asawa Sculpture Soars to $1.43 million

February 25, 2014

February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA Showroom, Peter Loughrey Auctioneer. Photo credit: Noe Montes

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) achieved the highest sale total in company history, realizing $5.12 million including commissions, with a sell-through rate of 86% of the 386 lots offered in the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design auction. A Ruth Asawa hanging sculpture soared to $1.43 million, marking a new record for the highest price ever achieved for a single lot in the company’s 22-year history and effectively tying the world auction record for the artist.