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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Light & Space

October 5, 2015

Light and Space

It has always been a mission of Los Angeles Modern Auctions to foster the market of artists from Southern California. In the October 11 auction we are pleased to present an array of luminous artwork from LA-based Light and Space artists. The sunlight, sunsets, and atmosphere of the area inspired a number of artists starting in the sixties and seventies. They incorporate sensory phenomena in their work by altering natural light, or using artificial light, or creating with translucent, transparent or reflective materials. In a way, you can say that as artists they’re throwbacks to an earlier time. Such artists are sensitive to subtle changes in the air and shifts in the quality of light–its mutability as it is reflected or refracted, and passes through material. On offer will be outstanding lots by Peter Alexander, Mary Corse, John McCracken, and De Wain Valentine.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artists Who Draw the Line

May 15, 2015

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From Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art:

After reviewing the amazing, varied artwork in our May 17th auction at LAMA, I started thinking about lines. We are taught to think of a line as a fixed thing: a barrier, a boundary, or something we don’t want to cross. But a line can mean motion–the path from point A to point B–movement in space. A line, really, denotes a kind of energy. Artists know this. Looking through the lots in our upcoming auction, it’s quite striking to observe the different ways they explore this idea. Here are four artists who draw the line: Brice Marden, Alan Saret, De Wain Valentine, and Agnes Martin, with five enigmatic, beautiful lots.

How Ceramics Put a Smile Back on Picasso’s Face

April 14, 2015

Lot 150, Pablo Picasso, Fish Service, 1947

Picasso’s ceramics are colorful, vibrant, and a delight for the eye to behold. Postwar, the artist found pleasure in painting and molding pottery in the South of France at the Madoura Pottery workshop. Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to present Lot 150, a full Fish Service (26 pieces) produced in 1947, the year the artist began to devote much of his time to ceramics.

LAMA: Maker of Markets! March 1 Auction Recap

March 4, 2015

At the March 1 Auction, LAMA set new world records for works by De Wain Valentine, Frederick Hammersley, Mary Corse, and Peter Alexander. LAMA remains at the forefront of the Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design auction market as made evident with total auction sales realizing $4.1 million, selling 142% of the 445 lots by value.The crowd was alive and bidding Sunday at Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. The house buzzed as visitors wandered amongst the lots, visited the Artsy computer kiosks, all while placing bids and watching the live action. At a frenzied pace bidders participated on the phone, or bid online, or raised their paddles in person.

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