February 28, 2017
Los Angeles Modern Auctions adopts a curated approach to every sale and there are a number of interesting themes in our March auction. One such group are works that employ text, by artists like Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Tracey Emin, Mary Kelly, and Raymond Pettibon. Whether it’s to communicate a message to the viewer, or to explore the aesthetic properties of language, these six works reveal the myriad ways in which the written word can be employed in visual art.
November 30, 2016
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is delighted to announce the upcoming sale of an iconic bench by Jenny Holzer, whose text-based work is among the most recognizable in contemporary art today. Dubbed a member of the Pictures Generation, along with peers like Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman, Holzer appropriates the language of mass media as a means of questioning the implicit assumptions which circulate in contemporary society. This striking piece will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.
May 21, 2015
LAMA’s May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction was a rousing success with battling bidders, new world record auction prices, and total sales of $3 million. It’s not too late to join the fun, as several important and highly collectible works by the greatest names in modern and contemporary fine art and design are still available for purchase. Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s director and curator of the auction, has chosen six pieces from this group to highlight—masterful works of art by Agnes Martin, Cindy Sherman, and Jenny Holzer; as well as seminal designs by Rudolph M. Schindler, Hans Wegner, and ceramists Gertrud and Otto Natzler.
February 8, 2014
Multimedia artist Jenny Holzer utilizes text and vibrant color in an evolving exploration of declaratory language. While studying and working in New York, Holzer began to scribble text on her paintings. Her work started to fall into place: “I used language because I wanted to offer content that people – not necessarily art people – could understand.” In the upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, Los Angeles Modern Auctions will offer an LED sculpture and a collection of ten lithographs.