March 28, 2018
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.”
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.
February 19, 2018
Midway through putting together our February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction, we were saddened to learn of the passing of pioneering American furniture artist Wendell Castle (1932 – 2018). No sooner had we celebrated the news that a stunning, recent piece by Castle would appear in our upcoming auction, we found ourselves mourning the loss of this envelope-pushing designer and craftsman, who was often dubbed the founding father of the Art Furniture Movement.
October 3, 2012
Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day – The LACMA Collection at LAMA
Sunday’s auction marks a rare opportunity to acquire design and decorative arts from a major museum (with a majority of the items from the renowned local collector, Max Palevsky). Sixteen lots are being sold by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit future acquisitions. The majority of these lots fall into two categories: Pre-Modernism and Art Deco/Streamline Moderne.