Ed Ruscha

Just In: A Ghostly Standard

June 16, 2020

There are few artists who can transform something as ordinary and familiar as a gas station into a symbol of the American landscape. Ruscha’s Ghost Station, 2011, is the artist’s most recent iteration of the Standard Station motif. Here we are presented with a colorless echo of what came before it; the embossed picture is outlined to expose a now familiar image and reaffirms the mutable status of what has become a touchstone for Ruscha for nearly five decades.

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Specialist Selects: Hamilton Press

June 10, 2020

Born from the partnership of Ed Ruscha and master printer Ed Hamilton, Hamilton Press has been printing artist editions from Venice, CA, since 1990, emerging as an influential conduit of printmaking in Los Angeles and contemporary art at large. “Ed Hamilton had a hand in printing with almost all of the big artists coming out of L.A. from the ‘60s onwards,” explains LAMA Specialist Clo Pazera…

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Just In: Ed Ruscha, In Silhouette

April 3, 2020

In the mid-1980s Ruscha shifted away from the text-based work that he is so commonly associated with and began working on a series of paintings and prints that featured silhouetted objects and figures, toying with the visuality of film noir. We are pleased to be presenting three works featuring these subjects — Hourglass (1988), Spattership (1990), and Untitled (1989) — in our next Modern Art & Design Auction.

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Artist Spotlight: John Baldessari

October 3, 2019

Artist Spotlight: John Baldessari

Born in National City, California in 1931, John Baldessari would go on to become one of the most important artists of the Conceptual art movement.

Read more about John Baldessari in advance of the October 20, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Artist Spotlight: Mel Ramos

May 6, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Mel Ramos

Figurative painter Mel Ramos (1935–2018) made a name for himself as a leading figure of the first generation of American Pop artists. Alongside Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud (his former teacher), Ramos first began his practice emulating Abstract Expressionists and quickly took to reimagining the comic book icons of his childhood. Working within this genre, Ramos found himself gravitating towards the voluptuous forms of Wonder Woman and other female superheroes.

Read more about Mel Ramos in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art

February 14, 2019

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art

A surge in linguistic philosophy that explored the ways in which languages affect their broader cultural systems led to the proliferation of text-heavy throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Many modern and conceptual artists began performing practical analyses of those effects by representing the intersections of text and visual languages in their works. Continue reading for Peter’s Pick of the Day.

Getting Ready for the February 25, 2018 Auction!

February 24, 2018

Get ready to bid!!! Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for the February 25, 2018 auction.

Artist Spotlight: Tony Rosenthal

February 11, 2018

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Remarking on a new body of smaller-scaled sculptures by Tony Rosenthal, including Mother and Child (1953), in the November 1953 edition of Arts & Architecture then-Chairman of the Department of Art at UCLA, Gibson Danes, described the artist’s recent bronze works as being “lyrical with the gaiety and gravity of a superbly wrought ballet.”  “Although autonomous and independent creations,” he continued, “these new works imply an architectural setting. They envelop and electrify the expansive dimension of their ordered world.”  Rosenthal’s abstract, geometric sculptures continually embraced a play with seemingly irreconcilable binaries.

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