Karl Benjamin

An Exclusive Interview with June Harwood

February 10, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features an early work from California Hard Edge painter June Harwood. Last week, we sat down with the Los Angeles artist to discuss her beginnings in the Hard Edge Movement as well as Blue Orange (from Loop Series) (1966), an acrylic on canvas from her first major museum exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1967.

Karl Benjamin Early Works

May 4, 2013

Once again, LAMA is proud to offer a selection of paintings from Southern California’s own Karl Benjamin, the Hard Edge painter who immersed his canvases in a dense vocabulary of color. Two of these paintings come from a family that shared a close relationship with Karl going back to his days as an elementary school teacher in the Chino Unified School District. Click to read more about how the consignor acquired these two early paintings from the artist (one originally bought for $200) and to see a picture taken in 1964 of one of the paintings in their home.

Just In: Karl Benjamin #23

March 6, 2013

As we continue to remember Karl Benjamin and his profound artistic legacy, we are always excited to see his works come through our auctions. We recently received on consignment an oil on canvas, #23, from 1965, which will be offered in the May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction. #23, bright and pristine, was acquired directly from the artist and comes from the Collection of James Hueter, a lifelong friend and contemporary of Benjamin’s. The unbroken provenance combined with the near pristine condition makes this a rare opportunity to acquire one of the best California Hard Edge paintings to hit the market in years.

LAMA Sets Record Prices for Local and International Artists

May 8, 2012

LAMA is pleased to announce that our May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design auction set new world auction records for a Le Corbusier tapestry and any work by Frederick Hammersley and Karl Benjamin. Total sales realized $3 million, beating our previous total sales record set in December.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012

We are always thrilled to have a Benjamin in our sales, but having five from three different decades is truly a rare occurrence. Read more for a special interview with Karl Benjamin about these particular works in the sale.