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Just In: Ed Ruscha, In Silhouette

April 3, 2020

In the mid-1980s Ruscha shifted away from the text-based work that he is so commonly associated with and began working on a series of paintings and prints that featured silhouetted objects and figures, toying with the visuality of film noir. We are pleased to be presenting three works featuring these subjects — Hourglass (1988), Spattership (1990), and Untitled (1989) — in our next Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Moving Target: Billy Al Bengston

May 4, 2015

Lot 116 Billy Al Bengston Untitled Miniature 1962

At the forefront of the late 1950s Los Angeles vanguard, Billy Al Bengston was a founding member of the “Cool School” art scene. In 1957 he took part in the Ferus Gallery’s opening group exhibition. A flamboyant character, throughout his career he consistently and defiantly changed gears, both by challenging and confirming methods of the new, the traditional, and the outré. His art world niche is derived from his innovative use of metals and sprayed lacquer; an obsession with surface and finish; and a rotating repertoire of motifs and symbols. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present five outstanding lots by Bengston, early ceramic mugs and paintings, in the upcoming May 17 Modern Art & Design auction.

LA Icons: John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha

February 28, 2015

20th Century Modern Art and Design Auction, March 1, 2015

LAMA is pleased to present key lots by two of Los Angeles’s leading contemporary conceptual artists: John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha. Baldessari’s National City Portfolio, the complete suite of eight photographs, and his Two Boats (from Hegel’s Cellar Portfolio) photographs go to auction March 1. Eleven lots by Ed Ruscha, including prints from his ironic Insects Portfolio are also on offer March 1.

Time to Sell: Art Market Recap with Peter Loughrey

November 19, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The second week of November is an insatiable spectacle that the art world waits for all year. As major auction houses go head-to-head and notable collectors battle for top-tier works, we ask ourselves, “There’s no way prices can go higher, can they?”—well, last week, they did just that. Christie’s and Sotheby’s both saw record-breaking prices and high sell through rates. In an analysis of these impressive results, Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Art & Design at LAMA, shares his valuable advice on what to sell now, his perspective on the current state of the market, and thoughts on French modern art, Ed Ruscha and the “Cool School” California Artists, and Andy Warhol.