John Altoon

Artist Spotlight: Fred Eversley

January 23, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Fred Eversley

After earning his engineering degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Fred Eversley had intended to continue his studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In the summer after his graduation, Eversley landed in Mexico trying to raise the cash he needed to survive. Read more about Fred Eversley in today’s Artist Spotlight.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Armenian Artists

November 12, 2018

For over 60 years Mr. Cafesjian was an avid art collector and amassed an extensive and prestigious body of work. Upon first traveling to Armenia, Mr. Cafesjian became very interested in the artistic legacy of his parents’ home country. In addition to his many other Armenian development initiatives, Mr. Cafesjian sponsored the creation of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan, in 2009.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Ed Moses

May 17, 2016

Lot 88, Ed Moses, 1963

Not content to rest on his laurels as one of the greats of the Los Angeles art world, Ed Moses still makes art daily, outdoors at his Venice Beach studio. What’s more, Moses continues to attract attention. The survey of his work currently on view at the William Turner gallery in Santa Monica includes more than fifty new paintings, and last year LACMA drew large crowds of visitors with its show of his works on paper, Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s. Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design and Fine Art, joins us on the blog to talk about what makes Moses so extraordinary.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: The Art of Collaboration

February 18, 2016

Lot 223, Alighiero Boetti

We tend to think of artistic creativity as a solo act. In the popular imagination, a painter or sculptor works alone in a studio, driven by singular personal genius. Several lots in LAMA’s February 21st sale of modern art, however, demonstrate how frequently art is the result of collaboration. Many of these are examples of technical cooperation. Others arise from friendly participation in a project. But a few works represent a true synthesis of creative minds. Of these, one name recurs: Frank O’Hara. LAMA’s upcoming auction features several collaborative artworks, including four pieces made in collaboration with O’Hara.

Just In: Iconic Chevron Painting by Billy Al Bengston

October 28, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce the inclusion of a work by Ferus Gallery and “Cool School” artist Billy Al Bengston, John (1966), in the upcoming February 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. Los Angeles artist Billy Al Bengston’s slick, reflective paintings are the visual equivalent of a motorcycle roaring out of the shop, freshly detailed and shining. John is from the artist’s famous Canto Indento series, and bears Bengston’s signature chevron emblem in the center.

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: Shades of Red

October 10, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

A bird’s eye view of the showroom reveals an impressive variety of colors, materials, and genres in the 533 lots on offer at this Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction. One shade, namely, that variously seductive, alarming, conspicuous hue of red, stands out amidst the crowd, and that is the topic of Peter’s Picks for today. For the October 12, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA will be presenting work with the bold inclusion of the color red from esteemed, canonical artists such as Jeff Koons, John Altoon, Richard Pettibone, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Sam Gilliam, Matt Mullican, and Eero Saarinen.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: John Altoon

May 12, 2014

The May 18 Modern Art & Design Auction features five works by Los Angeles artist John Altoon (1925-1969). Before his untimely death at the age of 43, Altoon developed a post-modern style that was only outsized by his magnetic personality. His drawings and paintings depict Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist renderings of playful, erotic, and bizarre subjects. In anticipation of LACMA’s retrospective of John Altoon, we are excited to offer five original works by the artist.