Frank Lloyd Wright

Just In: Alvin Lustig

January 26, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

After a few months studying under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East in Wisconsin in 1935 American modernist design polymath Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) decided that a career restricted solely to the field of architecture wasn’t for him. Lustig, who once claimed that he was “born modern,” had a grander, more holistic vision for design that took a montage approach, incorporating and synthesizing diverse principles from an ever-evolving litany of sources, old and new.

February 21 Auction Recap: A LAMA Company Record!

February 24, 2016

February 21, 2016 Auction, Peter Loughrey & Richard Prince

On Sunday, LAMA set a new company record, selling a single work for the highest price in the company’s 23-year history; Richard Prince’s Bedtime Story (1988) from the seminal Monochromatic Jokes paintings series realized $1.585 million. LAMA additionally set world auction records for artists and designers Mary Corse, Fred Eversley, John Lautner, James Gill, Steve Roden, and Joe Brainard. LAMA realized $5 million in total auction sales on February 21, selling 116% of the 419 lots by value. “Record-setting prices have convinced some important collectors to act locally instead of sending works to New York, which used to be the norm,” stated Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art. “The Richard Prince sale underscores our growing strength in the field of contemporary art and demonstrates LAMA’s ability to offer West Coast collectors expanded opportunities to buy and sell.”

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: The Sturges Residence

February 15, 2016

Grant Mudford, Frank Lloyd Wright Sturges Residence

There are many things to say about the George D. Sturges Residence, and over the past few months—speaking with collectors, design lovers, and the media as we prepare for our February 21st sale—I’ve said a lot. But here I want to describe perhaps the most important aspect of the Sturges Residence: its atmosphere; the ambiance—what it is that gives the house its special sense of place. The feeling of being inside the Sturges Residence is a little hard to convey. It’s warm; it’s embracing. Inside the dark, wood-paneled rooms with logs crackling in the big brick fireplace, you experience a sense of serenity and security. You feel instantly at home.

The Life, Love and Art of Two Hollywood Connoisseurs

February 3, 2016

Jack Larson and James Bridges

The actor and playwright Jack Larson and film director and writer James Bridges were gentlemen of the old school–talented, creative, cultured, thoughtful, generous, and supportive of each other and of their friends. They found each other and made a life together in a different Hollywood era. Together they supported budding artists in the Los Angeles art scene from the early 1960s through the 1980s. On February 21, 2016, LAMA will offer a selection of fine art and design from their personal collection, in addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sturges Residence (1939), all of which will be sold to benefit the Bridges/Larson Foundation.

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: December 8th

December 7, 2011

Original Red While walking around the showroom, it occurred to me how often my gaze turned to all things bathed in red. Modern designs tend to have simple shapes and silhouettes, yet the mere addition of a bold color can turn any object into a statement piece — not only for a given room, but for the […]

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: December 5th

December 6, 2011

Architectural Designs There are several important architectural designs in this auction that are getting a  lot of attention and have been previously been published and  used in various exhibitions for example the floor light by Philip Johnson (Lot 217), which happens to be Philip Johnson’s own floor light from his glass house in New Caanan, Connecticut. Other examples were produced and […]

All in the name of art…

March 19, 2010

Mario de Lopez, our photographer for today’s shoot, was brave enough to get on a fork lift and shoot the Frank Lloyd Wright rug. Thanks Mario! Check out his website: www.mariodelopez.com.

Frank Lloyd Wright Rug Revealed!

March 11, 2010

Several weeks ago we announced on the LAMA blog that we received the Frank Lloyd Wright Rug designed for the David and Gladys Wright residence to be put up for sale in the May 23, 2010 Auction. Even though we did not post photos or in-depth information, we did get inquires and concerned responses about […]

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