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Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

February 28, 2018

Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, has selected six superb pieces that deserve another look post-auction. These stellar works are likely to disappear from the market after this week, so strike while the iron is hot. No bidding is required. Each of the following pieces are available for acquisition at a fixed price.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Assemblage Art

February 22, 2018

Assemblage art hasn’t lost any steam over the years and Los Angeles Modern Auctions is thrilled to include a group of pieces by four important American artists who produced work in the assemblage idiom: Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Chris Ferebee, and Louise Nevelson in the February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Just In: Joseph Cornell Sandbox

November 16, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Many of Cornell’s works, such as ‘Untitled (Sandbox)’ from c. 1960, which will be offered in LAMA’s February 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction, were designed with the intention of being experienced by direct handling. This interaction was meant to produce variations on the vignettes that an individual assemblage had the potential to create.

Just In: Joseph Cornell Collage

January 24, 2017

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The work of self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) is among the most distinctive in the history of 20th century American art. A reclusive figure, Cornell was inspired to become an artist on encountering the work of the French Surrealists at an exhibition in New York City. ‘Untitled (Waxed Collage)’ is a work from Cornell’s 1960s period and shows a cartoonish gentleman in formal dress, looking through a hand telescope. Set within a white circle, the figure is collaged against a photograph of a mountainous landscape under a vast, orange-lit sky.

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.

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