Frederick Hammersley

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Hard-Edge Art

September 24, 2018

Peter Loughrey takes over the blog to discuss his favorite items in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. Read about the California Hard-Edge artists in today’s post.

Artist Spotlight: Frederick Hammersley

February 9, 2018

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In the autumn of 1967 Frederick Hammersley gave a series of lectures in Claremont, California in which he laid out and elaborated on what he considered to be the seven essential elements of the painter’s language: shape, line, value, color, form, pattern, and texture. Over the course of these talks, Hammersley continually returned to the importance of shape above the other elements. “Of all the tools – shape – I feel is needed before you can do anything else,” he asserted. “Value, color, pattern and the rest cannot exist unless there is an edge where they begin and end. This edge of the shape, this boundary can be of many different kinds, either clearly defined, or soft and vague. The character of the edge can either emphasize or reduce, but it never destroys the shape.”   

Just In: Remarkable Painting by Frederick Hammersley

August 23, 2017

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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to present a remarkable work by celebrated artist Frederick Hammersley, which will be available in our October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Created in 1972 at the height of his career, Hammersley’s oil on linen painting, ‘On and Of,’ is an excellent example of the Hard Edge idiom, which Hammersley helped define.

Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

October 13, 2016

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Sometimes an exceptional piece slips through the cracks at auction. Usually this is because the auction is of such quality that even very special pieces can end up getting overlooked. I have picked out six examples from Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction, on October 9, which deserve closer consideration. These exceptional pieces could have sold at any other LAMA auction and if they show up once more, they will likely get more attention. These pieces are now available at a set price from LAMA and can be purchased outright, no bidding required. Here are my top fine art and design post-auction picks which are still available for sale:

Classic Frederick Hammersley Painting

September 16, 2015

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“Abstract Classicist painting is hard-edged painting. Forms are finite, flat, rimmed by a hard clean edge.” Curator Jules Langsner both defined a movement by exhibiting four artists–Frederick Hammersley, Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, John McLaughlin–together under the banner “Four Abstract Classicists” in 1959, and is credited for coining the term Hard Edge painting. Noteworthy for putting West Coast abstraction on the map, the exhibition Four Abstract Classicists was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and traveled internationally. In this exhibition, painter Frederick Hammersley (1919–2009) first gained critical recognition. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a stunning example by Hammersley from 1959, which comes with significant exhibition history in the upcoming October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design auction.

Record-Breaking Auctions Continue at LAMA; Asawa Sculpture Soars to $1.43 million

February 25, 2014

February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA Showroom, Peter Loughrey Auctioneer. Photo credit: Noe Montes

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) achieved the highest sale total in company history, realizing $5.12 million including commissions, with a sell-through rate of 86% of the 386 lots offered in the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design auction. A Ruth Asawa hanging sculpture soared to $1.43 million, marking a new record for the highest price ever achieved for a single lot in the company’s 22-year history and effectively tying the world auction record for the artist.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Lorser Feitelson, Untitled, 1964

February 19, 2014

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The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction is fast approaching. This Sunday, the auction features Untitled (1964), a large-scale oil and enamel on canvas from Los Angeles’ own Father of Hard Edge, Lorser Feitelson. This painting is an embodiment of Feitelson’s Hard Edge style: large and dramatic, featuring strong colors and bold curves.

Karl Benjamin and Frederick Hammersley

February 14, 2014

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The upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features paintings by each member of the 1959 “Four Abstract Classicists” exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum at Exposition Park (now LACMA). Two of the youngest Abstract Classicists at the time of the first show, Karl Benjamin and Frederick Hammersley arrived at the threshold of a new art movement through contrasting pathways, but their resulting works have come to define the California Hard Edge Movement.

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