Contemporary Design

Artist Spotlight: Jan de Swart

February 9, 2020

Jan de Swart was known within artistic circles as a technical virtuoso and a creative hero. De Swart rose to prominence through his visibility in Arts & Architecture and his close relationship with the magazine’s publisher and editor, John Entenza…

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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.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Designs at the End of the 20th Century

May 14, 2019


Maarten Baas, Clay Fan, executed 2007
May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Designs at the end of the 20th century

As a reaction to the Modernist demands of earlier decades, various design movements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries attempted to unify their craft with the formal qualities of sculpture in order to expose the passivity with which most viewers encountered their medium as well as to redefine their own role as authors of their work.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Portfolios

May 13, 2019





Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artist Portfolios

Portfolios are unique in that they reveal their artist’s development of and experimentation with a theme. It is as if the artist offers the viewer multiple courses for artistic action for a single prompt.

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Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens

May 11, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens

Missouri-born ceramic and glass artist, Glen Lukens (1887–1967), is celebrated as one of “the great artist-teachers” of the twentieth century. Through his workshops, writing, and experiments, he sparked a sweeping interest in traditional pottery methods that had been discounted with the advent of new technologies and trends. At the time, America’s formal ceramic tradition was rooted on the East Coast where many of European artisans had settled. As a result, Lukens’ independent approach to the discipline emerged liberally and untethered. The artist developed a practice characterized by a rough, organic aesthetic that proposed a visual counter-argument to the precise and decorative styles of his predecessors.

Read more about Glen Lukens in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Artist Spotlight: Joe Goode

May 10, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Joe Goode

Over the course of his long career, Joe Goode (b. 1937) has explored the nature of perception and the fluid relationship between representation and abstraction. Featured in the Pasadena Art Museum’s 1962 exhibition, “New Painting of Common Objects,” Joe Goode’s breakout “Milk Bottle” series earned him national recognition and a prominent place within the Pop Art canon. Goode characterized his subject matter as “the stuff that [he was] confronted with everyday.” Despite similar historical context, Goode’s commentary diverged from that of contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha.

Read more about Joe Goode in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Artist Spotlight: George Rickey

May 5, 2019

Artist Spotlight: George Rickey

While Rickey applied colors to his early kinetic works, by the 1970s he had largely omitted color as an important element of his sculptural practice. However, during the 1990s Rickey appeared to reconsider his conceptual roots. Soon after he produced his series of model ships, Rickey crafted works that tested Josef Albers’ seminal color theories on the relational exchanges between color and shape to simulate motion on a two-dimensional surface.

Read more about George Rickey in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Artist Spotlight: Francis de Erdely

May 4, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Francis de Erdely

Through his training in Budapest, Madrid, and Paris, the Hungarian-born painter, Francis de Erdely (1904–1959), developed a modern style with a deep respect for the traditions of Classicism. Following the completion of his formal education, de Erdely travelled throughout Europe teaching and studying the technical methods of the Old Masters. It wasn’t until he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, however, that de Erdely established his mature artistic identity.

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