Dalzell Hatfield Estate

The Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield

September 23, 2013

In the upcoming October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA is proud to offer 60 lots from the Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield. From the late 1920s until the early 1980s, through the Dalzell Hatfield Gallery at the Ambassador Hotel in Beverly Hills, the Hatfields introduced Los Angeles to some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. A diverse variety of paintings, prints, and ceramics, Ruth and Dalzell’s personal collection represents the pioneering work the Hatfields accomplished throughout the mid-century. Their collection includes works by European, American, and Mexican masters such as Pablo Picasso, Emil Nolde, Gertrud & Otto Natzler, Millard Sheets, and Alfredo Ramos Martínez.

The Oil Paintings of Russell Cowles

September 20, 2013

Equipped with the discipline of a scholar and a vast painting vocabulary, American painter Russell Cowles (1887-1979) produced brilliant landscapes in oil and watercolor. Less than a month away, the October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature two oil paintings by Cowles, Canoncito (1935) and Nova Scotia Morning (1939), both of which come from the Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield.

To the Printers! Pre-Order the October 13, 2013 Auction Catalogue

September 10, 2013

After another marathon session of photography, research, writing, and editing, the October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction Catalogue has been submitted for printing. Pre-order yours today to take advantage of our special catalogue subscriptions.

One of the largest in LAMA’s history, this auction features exceptional pieces directly from the Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield, including paintings by Millard Sheets and prints from Picasso’s Vollard Suite, as well as impressive ceramics from the Patricia and Leopold Hirschfeldt collection. Highlights also include paintings and prints by Larry Rivers, Pedro Coronel, Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, as well as design by Serge Mouille, Jacques Le Chevalier, and Gertrud & Otto Natzler.

Millard Sheets: An L.A. Icon

September 6, 2013

This week in 1781, forty-four Spanish settlers founded the city of Los Angeles. 230 years later, not only has LA become the second-most populous and the most diverse city in the United States, it has also been transformed into a cultural epicenter of modern art and design, thanks in large part to visionary artists, architects, designers, collectors, museum directors, and business people. One of these visionaries was artist, painter, and educator Millard Sheets, the Pomona native responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in the Los Angeles area. Gallery owners Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield discovered Sheets as a young painter, and over the course of their 30-year relationship, the Hatfields propelled Sheets to become an internationally acclaimed artist. In the October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA will be offering five lots of paintings, works on paper, and screenprints by Millard Sheets that come directly from the Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield Estate.

An Embarrassment of Riches

August 28, 2013

With the October auction catalogue now in production, we at LAMA are all very excited about the incredible diversity of highlights we have uncovered in the last few months. In earlier posts, we have told you about Latin American works, fresh pieces from the Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield, and our heroes Hammersley, Ruscha, and Lichtenstein. One of the last pieces to slip in under the deadline is Andy Warhol’s $ (Quadrant), a bold and powerful pop art image that can evoke a range of responses depending on the viewer’s own reference of the subject matter.