California Artists

Specialist Selects: Hamilton Press

June 10, 2020

Born from the partnership of Ed Ruscha and master printer Ed Hamilton, Hamilton Press has been printing artist editions from Venice, CA, since 1990, emerging as an influential conduit of printmaking in Los Angeles and contemporary art at large. “Ed Hamilton had a hand in printing with almost all of the big artists coming out of L.A. from the ‘60s onwards,” explains LAMA Specialist Clo Pazera…

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Just In: Wayne Thiebaud’s Four Cakes

April 7, 2020

Four Cakes (from Recent Etchings I) (1979), which we are proud to present in our upcoming 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, not only depicts Wayne Thiebaud’s most recognizable iconography, but demonstrates his commitment to rigorous experimentation. This work stands as a quintessential model of Thiebaud’s most critical artistic inquiries, both in its content and its form.

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Just In: Ed Ruscha, In Silhouette

April 3, 2020

In the mid-1980s Ruscha shifted away from the text-based work that he is so commonly associated with and began working on a series of paintings and prints that featured silhouetted objects and figures, toying with the visuality of film noir. We are pleased to be presenting three works featuring these subjects — Hourglass (1988), Spattership (1990), and Untitled (1989) — in our next Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Just In: Raimonds Staprans

March 12, 2020

Though California has birthed an incalculable list of monumental artists, some might argue that it has been the Golden State “transplants” who, in choosing to place their fingers on the pulse of the region’s s character, have most keenly materialized its identity. The Latvian-born painter and playwright Raimonds Staprans (b. 1926) is a sterling example of this phenomenon, and we are pleased to offer two of his works, A Study of the Shiny Paint Can (1994) and Clearwater #2 (1994), in our upcoming Spring 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Just In: A Frank Gehry Chair Comes Full Circle

March 2, 2020

Just in to the LAMA showroom is a very special “Grandpa Beaver” chair designed by the legendary architect Frank Gehry — the very same chair that was among the 132 lots featured in LAMA’s first-ever auction on October 10, 1992.

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Peter’s Picks: Peter Alexander

February 13, 2020

Among the many artists who helped define the Light and Space movement, Peter Alexander interpreted his environment through sculpture, painting, drawing, and print. We are honored to present two emblematic works…

Read more about Peter Alexander in advance of our upcoming February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction…

Artist Spotlight: Ed Moses

October 9, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Ed Moses

In 1970, Ed Moses was to be featured in an exhibition at Mizuno Gallery. Having been told that he “could do anything in her gallery,” even “take the roof off,” Moses decided to do just that.

Read more about Ed Moses in advance of the October 20, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Artist Spotlight: Milton Avery

November 7, 2018

Artist Spotlight of the Day: Milton Avery

Milton Avery began his study of abstract form at a time when such a style was certainly not popular in the United States. Deemed the “American Matisse,” Avery was highly influenced by the expressiveness of French Fauvism, whose members used color to express emotion rather than accurately represent their subject, though Avery’s color palette tended more towards the subtle pastels favored by the Impressionists than the bold colors of the Fauvists. Read more about Avery in today’s Artist Spotlight.

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