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One of the key Los Angeles artists to emerge in the 1990s, Dave Muller established his reputation by independently and anonymously posting hand-painted watercolors publicizing local gallery exhibitions of artists he admired. The designs for these commemorative works were both tributes and sly commentaries, often adding art historical contexts and elaborations to the art being espoused.
Subtle and ethereal, several works in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction appear almost minimalist in nature. However, the works by Mary Corse, Larry Bell, and Helen Pashgian each have an underlying complexity that has taken decades to perfect.
A native Californian, pioneering artist Ruth Asawa (1926 – 2013) began creating art while detained in Japanese-American internment camps. Born to Japanese immigrants in Norwalk, California, Asawa was no stranger to hard work and the large body of sculptures, public installations, and drawings that she created over the course of her career are testament to her work ethic. LAMA is pleased to offer an Asawa sculpture in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction.
Abstract Expressionism was the dominant style of art in America from 1950 to 1965. The June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction features a number of strong paintings from some legendary figures in the movement.
Barry Flanagan (1941–2009), while equally well-versed in draughtsmanship, printmaking, and photography, is primarily known today for his work as a sculptor, most notably his bronze hare sculptures of the early eighties. After studying architecture at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts, with various interludes at different colleges, he eventually found himself in London studying sculpture at the Saint Martin’s School of Art.
Working in California during the mid-1960s, Vija Celmins’ began to depart from the Abstract Expressionist style that marked her early paintings and shifted her focus to still life paintings and drawings. These explorations eventually led to her use of found photographs as source materials. LAMA is pleased to announce ‘Untitled (Fish)’ to headline the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction. LOTS NOW ONLINE.
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.