November 1, 2018
Perhaps best known for her monumental work “Rhapsody” (1975-1976), Jennifer Bartlett has explored the foundations of the painting medium for over forty years. As a young artist, Bartlett was impressed by Sol LeWitt’s 1967 essay “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art,” and became fascinated with artistic applications of Chaos Theory. Despite being one of the most commercially successful female artists of the 1970s, Bartlett has long been overlooked. LAMA is pleased to be offering to the public for auction this important work by Bartlett in the November 18, 2018 Auction from the Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian.
June 6, 2018
Subtle and ethereal, several works in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction appear almost minimalist in nature. However, the works by Mary Corse, Larry Bell, and Helen Pashgian each have an underlying complexity that has taken decades to perfect.
May 29, 2018
Aligned with the generation of artists who followed closely behind or alongside the Cubist, the Futurist, and the Abstract Expressionist movements, Milan-born painter and sculptor, Roberto Crippa (1921-1972), lived during a time of transition and experimentation. While his early work tended towards geometric abstraction, Crippa soon joined a new movement, Spazialismo (or “Spatialism”) alongside fellow artists including Lucio Fontana, Cesare Peverelli, Gianni Dova, and Enrico Donati.
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.
February 14, 2018
When Cy Twombly’s work first emerged in the early 1950s many critics scoffed at the deeply expressive gestures, scribbles, drips, and scratches that have come to firmly secure his place as one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. “My line is childlike but not childish,” the artist once offered in response to criticism pegging his work as simplistic and lacking in clear technique. “It is very difficult to fake … to get that quality you need to project yourself into the child’s line. It has to be felt.” The emotional caliber of Twombly’s elegantly orchestrated compositions is palpable. Chock-full of fluid starts and stops, erasures, and replacements, which all lend a manuscript-like quality to his canvases. And while the same highly animated, lyrical scribbles and gestural scratches might be evocative of graffiti, Twombly himself shied away from such identification. “Graffiti is linear and it’s done with a pencil, and it’s like writing on walls. But in my paintings it’s more lyrical,” he explained.
February 11, 2018
Remarking on a new body of smaller-scaled sculptures by Tony Rosenthal, including Mother and Child (1953), in the November 1953 edition of Arts & Architecture then-Chairman of the Department of Art at UCLA, Gibson Danes, described the artist’s recent bronze works as being “lyrical with the gaiety and gravity of a superbly wrought ballet.” “Although autonomous and independent creations,” he continued, “these new works imply an architectural setting. They envelop and electrify the expansive dimension of their ordered world.” Rosenthal’s abstract, geometric sculptures continually embraced a play with seemingly irreconcilable binaries.
February 9, 2017
The works of Craig Kauffman (1932-2010) are regarded among the most seminal made in post-war California. Along with his peers from the Light and Space movement—Larry Bell, Peter Alexander and Robert Irwin— Kauffman employed industrial vacuum-forming technology to explore the sculptural and tactile properties of new materials like plastic and acrylic.
March 10, 2016
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is delighted to announce an exciting addition to our upcoming Spring 2016 auction of Modern Art & Design. Untitled (Black/Blue Bands) is an abstract painting from the year 2000 by the California-based artist Mary Corse, constructed with Corse’s signature material: glass microspheres suspended in acrylic paint. Producing a startling perceptual effect, these minute beads cause the bands of white and color in her paintings to seemingly shimmer and shift above pulsing, morphing surfaces. As The New Yorker magazine put it, Corse’s “works suggest tapestries woven from stars.”