Since the 1950s, David Hockney has been producing works that embrace an idiom of exuberance, while consistently pushing the envelope in terms of the potential for technology to uniquely engage, explore, and enable different modes of artistic expression. “I don’t think there are any borders when it comes to painting,” he once conceded. “I’ve always thought that. There are no frontiers, just art.”
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!
On Sunday, LAMA set a new company record, selling a single work for the highest price in the company’s 23-year history; Richard Prince’s Bedtime Story (1988) from the seminal Monochromatic Jokes paintings series realized $1.585 million. LAMA additionally set world auction records for artists and designers Mary Corse, Fred Eversley, John Lautner, James Gill, Steve Roden, and Joe Brainard. LAMA realized $5 million in total auction sales on February 21, selling 116% of the 419 lots by value. “Record-setting prices have convinced some important collectors to act locally instead of sending works to New York, which used to be the norm,” stated Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art. “The Richard Prince sale underscores our growing strength in the field of contemporary art and demonstrates LAMA’s ability to offer West Coast collectors expanded opportunities to buy and sell.”
There are many things to say about the George D. Sturges Residence, and over the past few months—speaking with collectors, design lovers, and the media as we prepare for our February 21st sale—I’ve said a lot. But here I want to describe perhaps the most important aspect of the Sturges Residence: its atmosphere; the ambiance—what it is that gives the house its special sense of place. The feeling of being inside the Sturges Residence is a little hard to convey. It’s warm; it’s embracing. Inside the dark, wood-paneled rooms with logs crackling in the big brick fireplace, you experience a sense of serenity and security. You feel instantly at home.
First time to market — a selection of rare works by David Hockney, who has been described as the most popular and versatile British artist of the 20th century, producing works in media as diverse as painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Hockney stuck resolutely to figurative painting and drawing at a time when abstraction dominated the art world. His portraits are considered by many to be his finest work: grandly scaled, yet intimate. LAMA is pleased to offer twenty-one paintings, drawings, and prints by Hockney in its February 21, 2016 auction of Fine Art & Design.
The actor and playwright Jack Larson and film director and writer James Bridges were gentlemen of the old school–talented, creative, cultured, thoughtful, generous, and supportive of each other and of their friends. They found each other and made a life together in a different Hollywood era. Together they supported budding artists in the Los Angeles art scene from the early 1960s through the 1980s. On February 21, 2016, LAMA will offer a selection of fine art and design from their personal collection, in addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sturges Residence (1939), all of which will be sold to benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation.
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present significant photography in its upcoming May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. On offer will be early prints by influential figures in contemporary art. The medium has momentum. Paris Photo 2014 was a great success, and Paris Photo Los Angeles is here this weekend, May 2-3, 2015. LAMA is pleased to offer early prints by David Hockney, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, Lee Friedlander, Robert Longo, Richard Misrach, Nicholas Nixon, and William Wegman.
It’s a rare gift when an auction house has the opportunity to exhibit a representative sampler–or flight if you will–of the paintings, lithographs, drawings, photographs, and photographic collages of David Hockney. In all there are nine terrific Hockney works on display for Sunday’s auction, which alone are worth a visit to LAMA.