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Artist Spotlight: Keith Haring

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.

Artist Spotlight: Wendell Castle

May 8, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Wendell Castle

Cited as the father of the American Studio Furniture Movement, Wendell Castle (1932–2018) produced a prolific body of work over the course of his six decade-long career. Castle was one of the first, and most successful, artists to seamlessly blend the aesthetic sensibilities of sculpture with the accessibility of furniture. Through his signature organic forms, the artist “invented his own visual language,” that challenged the predominant modernist insistence that form follow function. 

Read more about Wendell Castle in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Artist Spotlight: Roy Lichtenstein

May 7, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Roy Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein began working in series and exploring “sustained themes” around 1946. Though Lichtenstein wouldn’t develop his signature iconography for another decade, his interest in “paraphrasing” common images began to flourish. The academically dominant Abstract Expressionists despised objective representation, labelling the grand figurative styles of the nineteenth century cheap and hackneyed. Lichtenstein, however, recognized that despite their lack of individuality, these art forms remained particularly abundant in the ‘lowbrow’ visuality of the everyday. He then sought to tease out the intersections of representation and abstraction that could imbue images with cultural salience.

Read more about Roy Lichtenstein in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art

February 14, 2019

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art

A surge in linguistic philosophy that explored the ways in which languages affect their broader cultural systems led to the proliferation of text-heavy throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Many modern and conceptual artists began performing practical analyses of those effects by representing the intersections of text and visual languages in their works. Continue reading for Peter’s Pick of the Day.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Viewpoints from Light and Space Artists

February 13, 2019

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Three Different Viewpoints From Light and Space Artists

Native to Southern California, the informally associated group of artists who populated the Light and Space movement during the second half on the 20th century, pursued their new art form through several central features. Fred Eversley, Mary Corse, and Larry Bell are three artists Peter Loughrey discusses in today’s Auction Picks for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Utility, Simplicity, and Integrity

September 27, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Peter Loughrey celebrates George Nakashima in today’s his daily Auction Pick. “While many of his contemporaries celebrated the new possibilities of Modernist home design, George Nakashima rejected the style for what saw as an ‘imposed egotism.’ He became a leading voice in the midcentury craft movement, championing the holistic practices of older, richer furniture traditions.”

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: GRAV and Its Influences

September 26, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Peter Loughrey discusses the Paris based Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV), founded in 1960 by François Morellet and Julio Le Parc, their history and influences in today’s “Peter’s Picks” blog post for the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction.

Just In: Ken Price’s ‘Groota’

August 16, 2018

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Ken Price, “Groota”, 1985
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Ken Price’s career-long investigation of the relationship between interiority and exteriority becomes particularly acute in works like “Groota” (1985), which LAMA is pleased to include in our upcoming September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. The tensions between art and craft, interior and exterior, are perfectly articulated in the series of two-piece clay sculptures that Price began working on in the mid-1980s.

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