Harry Bertoia

Ibram Lassaw: Wearable Sculptures

February 3, 2016

Ibram Lassaw Jewelry

Ibram Lassaw was a pioneering American abstract sculptor. His expressionistic welded wire-and-alloy pieces presaged the open-form sculptures of later artists. Lassaw would create some 1,000 unique jewelry pieces, mostly pendants, in materials ranging from bronze and copper to gold plate. Lassaw’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Harry Bertoia: Sounding Sculpture

May 6, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Detail of Sonambient Sculpture (1974), Harry Bertoia

One of the most innovative artists of the 20th century, Harry Bertoia was often inspired by nature and music, and in the early 1960s, he embarked on a sonic journey to join the two disciplines. Throughout the decade, Bertoia created over a hundred Sonambient sculptures that produced various tones depending on the length and mass of the copper rods. In the upcoming May 18, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, we are offering one of these rare Sonambient masterpieces.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Exploring the Artist’s Hand

May 14, 2013

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Exploring the Artist’s Hand

“The artist’s hand…” You may have heard art historians use that term to convey how a master leaves very specific and telltale signs of his or her authorship with every muse-kissed scratch, scrawl, and dab. An expert can spot an unsigned Picasso as genuine merely by identifying Picasso’s one-of-a-kind handling of every medium he ever tackled.

Sunday’s fast approaching auction boasts an intriguing group of works that take the phrase “the artist’s hand” even more literally – for in each of the following lots the artist works his own appendage into the composition. There’s something deeply personal when an artist gives his hand, his unaccredited collaborator if you will, a cameo.

Just In: Harry Bertoia Sculpture

October 24, 2012


Our latest sculpture consignment is a patinated bronze work by Harry Bertoia. Executed circa 1975, Sculpture (Untitled) resembles an ancient bonsai, each branch punctuated with curly knots of green patina to resemble leaves. This work was acquired directly from the artist, and will go up for auction on December 16, 2012 in the 20th Anniversary Auction [Part Two].

The Lost Harry Bertoia Brooch

February 25, 2011

Today marks the first day of preview for the March 6th Modern Art & Design Auction, and we kicked it off with a special private tour led by our director Peter Loughrey. During the tour Peter told a great story about Lot 220, the Harry Bertoia brooch which came from  James Byrnes, the first curator of […]

March 6, 2011 Auction Lots ONLINE NOW

February 18, 2011

Count down till the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction: 16 days From Sottsass and Calder to Matta and Bertoia, the March 6th auction is full of fresh property from important estates. Go to the LAMA website to view all the lots with complete listings. To bid, please fill out the LAMA Bid […]

Harry Bertoia Sounding Pieces

January 25, 2011

As Bertoia was working on a sculpture that consisted of several standing rods, he accidentally broke a rod, causing it to crash into another rod, resulting in a sound that resonated deeply with the artist. According to Bertoia himself, this sound “initiated a deliberate gesture in search of understanding what a group of wires would […]

Call to Consign for LAMA’s 50th Auction!

July 6, 2010

Yes, it is hard to believe that this October Los Angeles Modern Auctions will conduct its 50th auction since 1992. From Eames, Schindler, and Laszlo, to Bertoia, Giacometti and Picasso,  LAMA has represented Modern to its fullest. The landmark 50th auction will feature important modern works from the 20th century ranging from fine art and furniture […]

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