John Baldessari

Artist Spotlight: John Baldessari

October 3, 2019

Artist Spotlight: John Baldessari

Born in National City, California in 1931, John Baldessari would go on to become one of the most important artists of the Conceptual art movement.

Read more about John Baldessari in advance of the October 20, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Portfolios

May 13, 2019





Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artist Portfolios

Portfolios are unique in that they reveal their artist’s development of and experimentation with a theme. It is as if the artist offers the viewer multiple courses for artistic action for a single prompt.

Read more of Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Just In: John Baldessari

March 28, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Over the course of his long career, John Baldessari has expressed a deep infatuation with the relationship between the semantics of the written word and those inherent to visual language. His work often addresses the ways in which various visual and verbal codes both enable and destabilize modes of communication and meaning-making. “Words and imagery are both magical conveyors of meaning,” he once explained. In the upcoming June 10, 2018 auction, we are delighted to have the opportunity to include the complete set of five lithographs, which Baldessari created in response to Laurence Sterne’s classical, eighteenth-century masterwork, “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.”

The LAMA Advantage: Sell with Confidence

March 4, 2016

We like to think of LAMA’s February auctions as bellwethers for the auction season ahead. LAMA’s February auction was the most successful in company history, realizing $5.3 million and setting five world auction records. On the heels of this success, Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, shares his perspective on the current state of the market and offers his advice on what to sell now at LAMA.

LA Icons: John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha

February 28, 2015

20th Century Modern Art and Design Auction, March 1, 2015

LAMA is pleased to present key lots by two of Los Angeles’s leading contemporary conceptual artists: John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha. Baldessari’s National City Portfolio, the complete suite of eight photographs, and his Two Boats (from Hegel’s Cellar Portfolio) photographs go to auction March 1. Eleven lots by Ed Ruscha, including prints from his ironic Insects Portfolio are also on offer March 1.

Record Breaking Sale: The Collection of Richard Dorso

October 10, 2011

Yesterday the October 9th auction of The Collection of Richard Dorso had records, bargains, and everything in between. The sale totaled nearly $1.54 million, more than doubling the pre-sale estimate of $657,000, with 100% of the 417 lots sold.  LAMA set new auction records for De Wain Valentine and Roland Reiss, both of whom are currently featured in […]

John Baldessari, Top Pacific Standard Time Artist

September 19, 2011

Jori Finkel of the Los Angeles Times wrote a recent article outlining the top 20 artists that will be featured the most in Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Top of the list: John Baldessari (whose work will be shown in 11 Pacific Standard Time exhibitions) LAMA is offering two John Baldessari phototext paintings for sale in […]

I Like Happy Art

August 17, 2011

Save the date for the upcoming October 9, 2011 one-owner auction of The Collection of Richard Dorso.  Photography © Grant Mudford. Born in San Francisco in 1909, Richard Dorso bought his first piece of art when he was 21 years old.  A participant and witness of the explosion of the post World War II Los […]

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