The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.
February 2014 Auction
For some artists, it is a mere aesthetic launching pad, for others the very muse and wellspring of their lives’ work: The Nude is art’s ultimate subject. We long to see ourselves unfiltered by mask and costume, in all our shapes and sizes. Our Modern Art & Design Auction this Sunday features various nude works by David Park, William Theophilus Brown, and Judy Chicago.
On Sunday, February 23, Los Angeles Modern Auctions is offering the largest George Nakashima collection from a single owner in our history. Directly from the Estate of Edmund J. Bennett, this comprehensive collection includes 60 custom designs that span Nakashima’s most successful and creative decades from 1963 to 1991. Edmund J. Bennett commissioned Nakashima to create a diverse, all-encompassing collection, from desks, chairs, and daybeds to lamps, mirrors, and wall units. It began with a collaboration between two visionaries and continued with Bennett’s lifelong appreciation of an American master.
The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features one of the most important African-American female artists of the later half of the 20th century. Alma Thomas channeled her vision of the natural world through minimal compositions rendered in harmonious scales of color. The prismatic effect of light served as inspiration for many of her works, including a selection of five gouaches on paper from the 1970s.
Among the many highlights in the upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer 60 commissioned George Nakashima works from the collection of Mr. Edmund J. Bennett. This variety of works represents some of the furniture designer’s most contemporary styles and advanced woodworking techniques. One of these designs, a custom Table lamp (executed in 1978), demonstrates Nakashima’s ability to showcase his craft, the client’s taste, and the wood’s natural beauty.
The upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features the acrylic painting Live by the pioneering multimedia painter Sam Gilliam. Gilliam was a pivotal player in the Washington School Movement of the 1950s and 60s, and made considerable contributions to the Color Field Movement. In 1968, Sam Gilliam was the first recognized artist to stop using canvas stretchers as a means of reinforcement in favor of the solitary, painted, raw surface. In the 1970s, Gilliam was determined to work with beveled canvas stretchers to facilitate the idea of the painting as a dimensional object, resulting in the vibrant work, Live from 1972.