contemporary art

Just In: A Charles Arnoldi Stick Painting

September 2, 2020

Charles Arnoldi has been a visual problem solver for nearly five decades. As a student at the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1960s, he absorbed the notion that painting’s time had passed and subsequently struggled to land on a painting technique that could encapsulate his creative vision. It was a post-wildfire Malibu fruit-foraging expedition that unexpectedly delivered his next material: sticks.

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Just In: Kiki Smith’s Banshee Pearls

June 30, 2020

Through her fearless approach to material and process, Kiki Smith has contributed a body of work that spans four decades, pushing the boundaries of the social, sexual and political aspects of human nature.

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Just In: A Ghostly Standard

June 16, 2020

There are few artists who can transform something as ordinary and familiar as a gas station into a symbol of the American landscape. Ruscha’s Ghost Station, 2011, is the artist’s most recent iteration of the Standard Station motif. Here we are presented with a colorless echo of what came before it; the embossed picture is outlined to expose a now familiar image and reaffirms the mutable status of what has become a touchstone for Ruscha for nearly five decades.

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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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Online Only Timed Auction: How to Bid & FAQ

April 27, 2020

The May 3-10, 2020 Online Only Auction is a timed auction that exclusively accommodates participating in LAMA’s remote bidding platform.

See how to bid and Frequently Asked Questions.

Peter’s Picks: Women Sculptors

February 11, 2020

Among the many female artists represented in our February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, four stand out for their particular visions of representation and the fabrication of the art object.

Read more about these sculptors in advance of the February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Just In: Leo Castelli 90th Birthday Portfolio

July 31, 2019

Just In: Leo Casteill 90th Birthday Portfolio

Considered one of the most influential figures in twentieth century art history, Leo Castelli is credited with bringing American minimalism and Pop art to Europe and convincing a wider audience of the movements’ value and significance.

Read more about this portfolio in advance of our October 20, 2019 Modern Art & Design auction

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Ceramics

May 15, 2019

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Ceramics

When Californian ceramists became active in the early 20th century, their geographic independence from long-standing ceramic capitals meant that they weren’t bound by the traditions of their trade or by a preexisting critical infrastructure. A variety of works featured in the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction help chart the history of California’s innovative and untethered ceramic practices.

Read more about California Ceramics in Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

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