California Modern

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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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

February 28, 2018

Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, has selected six superb pieces that deserve another look post-auction. These stellar works are likely to disappear from the market after this week, so strike while the iron is hot. No bidding is required. Each of the following pieces are available for acquisition at a fixed price.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Eudorah Moore

May 16, 2014


The upcoming May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features 14 lots from the personal collection of Eudorah Moore, the pioneering curator of the Pasadena Art Museum who organized groundbreaking exhibitions that introduced the world to California design. LAMA is proud to champion Moore’s legacy by offering this selection of works – a majority from California artists – to a new generation of buyers. As she did in her professional life, Moore combined a dazzling multitude of disciplines when curating her Pasadena abode.

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.

Karl Benjamin Early Works

May 4, 2013

Once again, LAMA is proud to offer a selection of paintings from Southern California’s own Karl Benjamin, the Hard Edge painter who immersed his canvases in a dense vocabulary of color. Two of these paintings come from a family that shared a close relationship with Karl going back to his days as an elementary school teacher in the Chino Unified School District. Click to read more about how the consignor acquired these two early paintings from the artist (one originally bought for $200) and to see a picture taken in 1964 of one of the paintings in their home.

Sam Francis in California

May 1, 2013

The upcoming May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction presents the opportunity to acquire distinctly vibrant Sam Francis works on paper from California collectors. The Pasadena Museum of California Art will be hosting the upcoming exhibition “Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections” opening August 11, 2013 featuring a selection of paintings and unique works on paper. We highly recommend that you come view the exhibition, and to stop by our preview which opens on May 6, 2013 to see the two Sam Francis pieces in-person, in addition to works by his contemporaries.

Special Offer: Handbook of California Design

April 9, 2013

It’s the book we’ve all been waiting for!

A Handbook of California Design, 1930–1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers, a LACMA publication, documents the work of more than 140 of the most significant mid-twentieth century figures in California design. A companion to the acclaimed catalogue for the LACMA exhibition California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way,” this book contains extensive new research and dozens of rare photographs.

This is a must-have for any design collector. Read more to find out how you can receive a FREE copy.

Evelyn Ackerman (1924-2012)

November 29, 2012

Today we are deeply saddened to announce that the mid-century designer Evelyn Ackerman – one half of the renowned Ackerman design team – passed away last evening in her Los Angeles home.