February 5, 2020
Described by the work’s consigner, Daniel Durning, as demonstrating a “freer… more pure Keith,” Untitled (1982) is a unique copy of Keith Haring’s (1958–1990) first art zine.
Read more about Keith Karing in today’s Auction Spotlight for the February 16, 2020 Modern Art Auction.
May 18, 2019
Auction Day is Here! Sunday, May 19th.
Read our blog for helpful tips for getting you through the auction process! Bidding, Directions, Food, etc.
May 9, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Keith Haring
Keith Haring’s hieroglyphic expressions have become synonymous with the social electricity of New York City in the 1980s. Unlike the Pop artists who preceded him, Haring’s employment of the simplest symbolic relationships elevated everyday meaning-making and celebrated the universality of visual culture in its most reduced form. As one of the few artists of his generation to successfully cross-pollinate public and institutional art, Haring radically redefined practices of art consumption.
Read more about Keith Haring in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
September 25, 2018
Read about the New York Pop art items slated for the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction as written by director, Peter Loughrey. “I am very proud to be able to present such an unusually robust collection of New York Pop art. Pieces from Lichtenstein to Basquiat are part of my selection, offering a broad survey from nearly fifty years of the movement.”
May 24, 2018
Primarily known for his sensational novels and loose, albeit reluctant association with the Beat Generation, American writer William S. Burroughs was also an accomplished visual artist who produced a large body of innovative work over the course of his long career. In his capacity as an artist, Burroughs collaborated on a number of important projects with artists of a diverse range of styles, including Keith Haring, George Condo, and Robert Rauschenberg. Burroughs’ devil-may-care paintings, spoken-word performances, and multi-media collaborations have been just as wildly influential as his equally audacious writings, and continue to impact a wide range of artists working in different media to this day.
November 8, 2017
Artist Richard Hambleton passed away on October 29, 2017 at the age of 65. Born on June 23, 1952 in Vancouver, Canada, Richard Art Hambleton graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. After receiving his degree, Hambleton stayed in Vancouver to open the Pumps Center for Alternative Art before moving to New York City in 1980. LAMA was fortunate enough to offer two paintings from 2005 in our auction, and look forward to sharing his hauntingly creative artworks to our collectors even after his untimely passing.
February 15, 2017
The exuberant work of artist Keith Haring (1958–1990) crosses the boundaries between street and fine art. Haring first began his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s, making his signature drawings in white chalk throughout the streets and subways of New York City. Employing a cartoonish vocabulary of hearts, flying saucers, babies, and Mickey Mouse heads, Haring’s themes included drug addiction, the fear of nuclear annihilation, and social justice. With its dynamic, bold forms and energetic execution, this body of work soon brought him to the attention of the art world, alongside peers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat.
November 11, 2014
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce the inclusion of George Condo’s 1984 oil on canvas Untitled (Surreal Graffiti Painting) in the March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design sale. Famed for his farcical, often ferocious portraits of imagined subjects, Condo is widely admired for his use of Old Master painting techniques, and for bringing those methods into relevance in contemporary art and pop culture. Untitled (Surreal Graffiti Painting) demonstrates Condo’s Old Masters approach and hints at the friendships he formed with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, both of whom started out as graffiti artists. This work was created the same year as his first solo show in New York City in 1984, which showcased “the paintings that launched his reputation,” according to The New Yorker.