On Sunday, LAMA established new world auction prices for the work of artists Mary Corse, Fred Eversley, James Gill, and Joe Brainard, as well as the architect and designer John Lautner. That day, our company also reached a new top sales mark when Richard Prince’s 1988 painting Bedtime Story sold for $1.58 million. For all the fanfare, there are a few incredible pieces left that might have missed your attention. Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, describes four impressive fine art and design examples you don’t want to miss out on!
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a table, desk, and chairs by Dan Johnson (1918–1979). This modernist designer looked back to Roman antiquity to find inspiration for his signature furniture pieces. The forms of Johnson’s best-known works–his lithe, graceful Gazelle chairs and tables–were likely suggested by the animals depicted in early CE Roman hunting scene mosaics. The rare Satyr line of tables was inspired by images of the Greco-Roman mythological figure: part-man, part-horse, with a notably long tail, and in many renderings, equine legs and hooves. On offer will be a Gazelle chair and a Satyr dining table.
Today I asked Peter if there was any chair he was most excited about in the sale. He led me to Lot 298, the Dan Johnson Rare Highback “Gazelle” Lounge Chair. This is a really rare example of Dan Johnson’s work because this chair has a high back and a low seat, uncommon in most […]