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Peter’s Picks: Peter Alexander

February 13, 2020

Among the many artists who helped define the Light and Space movement, Peter Alexander interpreted his environment through sculpture, painting, drawing, and print. We are honored to present two emblematic works…

Read more about Peter Alexander in advance of our upcoming February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction…

Just In: Larry Bell

December 20, 2019

With early aspirations of working as a Disney animator, a young Larry Bell first pursued abstract oil painting at the Chouinard Art Institute. His work was largely informed by Abstract Expressionism until he began taking classes from artists such as Robert Irwin, who revealed to him an artistic process free from utilitarian constraints.

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.

Artist Spotlight: Fred Eversley

January 23, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Fred Eversley

After earning his engineering degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Fred Eversley had intended to continue his studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In the summer after his graduation, Eversley landed in Mexico trying to raise the cash he needed to survive. Read more about Fred Eversley in today’s Artist Spotlight.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Anything but Minimalist

June 6, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

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.

Emerson Woelffer, Postwar Renaissance Man

April 26, 2016

Lot 275, Emerson Woelffer, Cook and Fish (1943)

A self-described “abstract surrealist,” the painter, collagist, and teacher Emerson Woelffer was in many ways the very ideal of a postwar American artist. His distinctive style of Abstract Expressionism was inflected by his many and varied interests and experiences. Certainly one of Woelffer’s most enduring legacies is the inspiration he gave his students. When Woelffer came to Los Angeles in the 1960s he became a mentor to an impressive roster of devoted students at the Chouinard Institute that included Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and Charles Arnoldi. His work was shaped, too, by his move to Southern California, which prompted a discernable shift to bolder, brighter colors in his paintings.

California Cool: Ed Moses and the Ferus Gang

May 6, 2015

Lot 23, Ed Moses, Cock Bak, 1990

The locus of the avant-garde in the 1960s Los Angeles art scene could be found in the “clean white cube” occupying a small storefront on La Cienega Boulevard: the Ferus Gallery. Curator Walter Hopps and impresario Irving Blum nurtured Los Angeles’s first significant postwar artists between 1957 and 1966. The vanguard of the new art scene was comprised of members of this “Cool School”–among them Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, Ken Price, Joe Goode, Ed Ruscha, and Larry Bell–who often employed a stylistic combination of pop, hard-edged abstraction, and minimalism. Works by Moses, Bengston, Price, Goode, Ruscha, and Bell will be on offer May 17 at the Modern Art & Design Auction. LAMA is also pleased to offer more works on paper by key California artists: De Wain Valentine and Chuck Arnoldi. And opening May 10 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be the first museum presentation of Moses’s 1960s and 1970s drawings since 1976. Check out Ed Moses: Drawings from the 1960s and 70s along with Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s at LACMA.

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