September 27, 2018
Peter Loughrey celebrates George Nakashima in today’s his daily Auction Pick. “While many of his contemporaries celebrated the new possibilities of Modernist home design, George Nakashima rejected the style for what saw as an ‘imposed egotism.’ He became a leading voice in the midcentury craft movement, championing the holistic practices of older, richer furniture traditions.”
November 6, 2014
From a single work of art to an entire estate, LAMA continues to be the choice auction house on the West Coast for Modern Art & Design. Over the past 20 years, LAMA has conducted auctions for prominent California estates, including those of Max Palevsky, James Byrnes, Linda Sullivan, Dalzell Hatfield, and Richard Dorso, in addition to Julius Shulman, Richard Neutra, and James Prestini. LAMA has also represented complete commissions by George Nakashima, Paul Laszlo, William “Billy” Haines, and Ettore Sottsass. As a boutique auction house focusing on Modern Art & Design, LAMA remains nimble and flexible, and able to satisfy—and often exceed—the expectations of consignors and clients. We are pleased to offer this recap of important collections represented by LAMA in 2014.
November 4, 2014
This year was once again a period of new records and strong prices for Los Angeles Modern Auctions: in 2014, LAMA’s yearly sale total increased by 58.8% from 2013. The year got off to an exuberant start with the sale of an exemplary crocheted wire sculpture from important American sculptor Ruth Asawa—which soared nearly 5 times over its estimate to $1.43 million, effectively tying the world auction record for any work by the artist. Los Angeles artists Mike Kelley and Ed Ruscha both set world auction records for works on paper and prints, respectively. In design highlights, Maria Pergay’s iconic stainless steel Flying Carpet daybed set a new world auction record for that model. Other top lots include works by Vija Celmins, John McLaughlin, Alberto Giacometti, Sam Maloof, and George Nakashima. We are excited to continue the journey as we are now accepting material for 2015!
February 18, 2014
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.