De Wain Valentine

Artist Spotlight: Fred Eversley

January 23, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Fred Eversley

After earning his engineering degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Fred Eversley had intended to continue his studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In the summer after his graduation, Eversley landed in Mexico trying to raise the cash he needed to survive. Read more about Fred Eversley in today’s Artist Spotlight.

Ronald Davis: Paramount Opticality

May 4, 2016

Lot 59, Ronald Davis, Panel-Clamp (PTG 0312) (1971)

Ronald Davis’s geometric abstractions were regarded as revolutionary when first exhibited in the mid-1960s. Employing polyester resin paint and fiberglass to produce impressive spatial illusions, Davis’s work has drawn comparisons to the perspective studies of the artists of the Renaissance. But Davis’s eager embrace of new materials and technologies is characteristic of his own period and context. “Illusion is my vehicle,” Davis once wrote. “Opticality is paramount.”

Phenomenal Sculptures: Fred Eversley and the Art of Perception

February 11, 2016

Lot 210, Fred Eversley, Cathedral (1972)
Lot 210, Fred Eversley, Cathedral (1972)
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

A Brooklyn-born artist, Fred Eversley moved to California in 1964 with the intention of entering the aerospace and electronics industry. Like so many transplants before him, Eversley was quickly captivated by the sea, sun, and sky, as well as the rich and groovy cultural scene of Los Angeles’s Venice Beach. Working with cast resin to create elegant and seductive sculptures with simple geometric forms, his work explores the act of visual perception. The results are not objects so much as sensory experiences. “I am involved with using art as a phenomenon,” he has said. “I am dealing with real energies, forces, space, time, and matter.” LAMA will offer a cast resin sculpture by Eversley in its February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction.

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


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.

California Cool: Ed Moses and the Ferus Gang

May 6, 2015

Lot 23, Ed Moses, Cock Bak, 1990

The locus of the avant-garde in the 1960s Los Angeles art scene could be found in the “clean white cube” occupying a small storefront on La Cienega Boulevard: the Ferus Gallery. Curator Walter Hopps and impresario Irving Blum nurtured Los Angeles’s first significant postwar artists between 1957 and 1966. The vanguard of the new art scene was comprised of members of this “Cool School”–among them Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, Ken Price, Joe Goode, Ed Ruscha, and Larry Bell–who often employed a stylistic combination of pop, hard-edged abstraction, and minimalism. Works by Moses, Bengston, Price, Goode, Ruscha, and Bell will be on offer May 17 at the Modern Art & Design Auction. LAMA is also pleased to offer more works on paper by key California artists: De Wain Valentine and Chuck Arnoldi. And opening May 10 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be the first museum presentation of Moses’s 1960s and 1970s drawings since 1976. Check out Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s along with Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s at LACMA.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Have A Love Affair with De Wain Valentine

February 14, 2015

Lot 49 De Wain Valentine Blue Slab 1970

De Wain Valentine swoons over skies, clouds, mountains–and even the smog-tinged atmosphere found over Los Angeles. And we here at LAMA are drooling over his two lots available in the upcoming Modern Art and Design Auction on March 1. Of smooth and polished lean lines or curves, and in luminescent golden honey or vibrant cerulean blue, these cast polyester sculptures are sexy! What a Finish Fetish, Valentine.

Just In: Rare, Early Works from De Wain Valentine

October 21, 2014


Los Angeles Modern Auctions is excited to announce the inclusion of two cast resin sculptures from California Light and Space artist De Wain Valentine in its March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. Both pieces were acquired directly from the artist and come from the original owner. With its sleek, elongated wedge form, Blue Slab is an important precursor to Valentine’s 1975 sculpture, Gray Column (1975-76), which was shown at the Getty Museum as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 in 2011-12. The varying proportions of Top alternately absorb, reflect, and refract light, demonstrating Valentine’s virtuoso mastery of plastics.