One of the great things about life: there are always second chances. Maybe you were busy or distracted during LAMA’s October 11th Modern Art & Design Auction–a sweeping success energized by lively bidding that saw new record auction prices, and total sales of $4.1 million. But several important and highly collectible works by the greatest names in modern and contemporary art and design are still available for purchase. Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s director and curator of the auction, has chosen six pieces from this group to highlight, including lots by Tom Friedman, Christo, Annie Leibovitz, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Chris Ferebee, and Russel Wright.
christo wrapped phone
As masters of the grand gesture, the married duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude installed environmental art involving logistics of epic proportions. Their projects often included a transformative aspect: they altered the identity and nature of landmarks and public institutions by wrapping them as if they were packages, concealed in plastic or fabric. Though ephemerality was a central component to their installations, made to provoke intense and memorable experiences, Christo and Jeanne-Claude did make some lasting sketches and diagrams to sell.
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a limited edition sculpture by Christo. Wrapped Payphone (1988) is a rare find–a tangible sculpture from a small edition. In collaboration with the German art publisher Edition Schellman, the artist wrapped household objects such as shoes, paint cans, and bottles. True to form, here he wraps another, albeit smaller, public institution–the once ubiquitous New York payphone.