March 30, 2018
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.
March 9, 2018
During the mid-1960s, Latvian-American visual artist Vija Celmins began to move away from the Abstract Expressionist style that marked her early excursions into painting, and for a brief period focused on still life paintings and drawings, utilizing objects found close to hand in her studio space in order to sharpen her powers of perception. Works such as her 1963 ‘Untitled (Fish),’ which Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is thrilled to have the opportunity to include in our upcoming auction, are notably absent of direct human presence, though traces of human intervention and its consequences are never too far from the surface.
November 12, 2013
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that Vija Celmins’ Untitled (Ham Hock), one of only four such works from 1964 to ever be offered at auction, will lead the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction.
In May 2013, LAMA broke the world auction record for any work on canvas by the artist with Untitled (Knife and Dish) from the same formative year, selling for $587,500. As a result, Untitled (Ham Hock) surfaced in Los Angeles and will be sold by the original owner this spring. To commemorate this rare event, arts writer Jori Finkel will write a special essay to accompany the work in the auction catalogue.