Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted to offer ‘Night Shadows,’ an outstanding early etching created in 1921 by Edward Hopper, for the Fall 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. In ‘Night Shadows’ a solitary pedestrian scurries along a shadowy, empty city street under close watch from skyscrapers hovering above. We peer down with the skyscrapers and streetlamps, casting our gaze over the lone figure without knowledge of where they are heading or with what purpose, although, like film noir, the etching’s dark tonalities induce a somber mood that suggests a quiet desperation and vague ominousness at hand.
Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature The Smell of Burning Rubber…, a 1989 ink on paper composition by Raymond Pettibon. A classic Pettibon marriage of image and text, it is a superb example of his work: fiery yet philosophical; deeply personal and yet iconographic. With a new major exhibition of works by Pettibon currently open at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the “bits and pieces” of American culture that Pettibon is known to incorporate into his art are shown to have a far-reaching and indelible impact on culture worldwide.