LAMA Director of Modern Design and Fine Art Peter Loughrey sums up the best of the May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction underdogs – “For one reason or another, there are sometimes pieces offered in our sales that, as they say in the movie business, don’t find their audience. Here are several that I believe deserve a second look.” Peter’s Post-Auction Picks include works by Norman Bluhm, Hans Wegner, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Richard Neutra, and Robert Sonneman.
The Bay Area craftsman Arthur Espenet Carpenter was one of the most celebrated figures in the post-war American Studio Furniture movement. A self-taught woodworker, Carpenter almost singlehandedly defined a new design aesthetic known as the “California roundover”—a style characterized by pleasingly flowing lines and gently-contoured edges that feel almost supple to the touch. LAMA’s May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction includes the graceful, comfortable Wishbone chair–Carpenter’s signature design–as well as a drop-leaf table with organically curving struts. Rendered with skill and affection, such offerings exude the gentle warmth of the hand-made object.