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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.

Auction Spotlight: Two John McCracken Finish Fetish Paintings

August 13, 2015


Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present two early works by John McCracken in the October 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. McCracken fused painting with sculpture within the context of 1960s West Coast minimalist, Finish Fetish, and Light and Space art in California. As an artist who explored light and color in simple geometric forms, finished with highly polished fiberglass and lacquer, he both exemplified and transcended the various movements with which he was associated. Taking notice of cultural and technological trends in Southern California, he utilized what was available: the surfboard, automobile, and plastics industries. The lots here, like so much of McCracken’s oeuvre, function as “three-dimensional canvases”–between painting and sculpture–objects with sensuous surfaces to experience from multiple angles.

Moving Target: Billy Al Bengston

May 4, 2015

Lot 116 Billy Al Bengston Untitled Miniature 1962

At the forefront of the late 1950s Los Angeles vanguard, Billy Al Bengston was a founding member of the “Cool School” art scene. In 1957 he took part in the Ferus Gallery’s opening group exhibition. A flamboyant character, throughout his career he consistently and defiantly changed gears, both by challenging and confirming methods of the new, the traditional, and the outré. His art world niche is derived from his innovative use of metals and sprayed lacquer; an obsession with surface and finish; and a rotating repertoire of motifs and symbols. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present five outstanding lots by Bengston, early ceramic mugs and paintings, in the upcoming May 17 Modern Art & Design auction.