light and space movement

Just In: Mary Corse’s Microspheres

September 24, 2020

After first creating sculptural works of Plexiglas and fluorescent light bulbs, Light and Space artist Mary Corse pivoted to painting in 1968. Her “light paintings” incorporate tiny glass beads — “microspheres” — onto acrylic surfaces, as in this untitled 2001 work just arrived to the LAMA showroom.

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Artist Spotlight: Mary Corse

October 8, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Mary Corse

One of the few women recognized as a Light and Space artist in the 1960s, Mary Corse developed a signature vocabulary for the exploration of perception and experience within her works.

Read more about Mary Corse in advance of the October 20, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Ronald Davis: Paramount Opticality

May 4, 2016

Lot 59, Ronald Davis, Panel-Clamp (PTG 0312) (1971)

Ronald Davis’s geometric abstractions were regarded as revolutionary when first exhibited in the mid-1960s. Employing polyester resin paint and fiberglass to produce impressive spatial illusions, Davis’s work has drawn comparisons to the perspective studies of the artists of the Renaissance. But Davis’s eager embrace of new materials and technologies is characteristic of his own period and context. “Illusion is my vehicle,” Davis once wrote. “Opticality is paramount.”

Phenomenal Sculptures: Fred Eversley and the Art of Perception

February 11, 2016

Lot 210, Fred Eversley, Cathedral (1972)
Lot 210, Fred Eversley, Cathedral (1972)
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

A Brooklyn-born artist, Fred Eversley moved to California in 1964 with the intention of entering the aerospace and electronics industry. Like so many transplants before him, Eversley was quickly captivated by the sea, sun, and sky, as well as the rich and groovy cultural scene of Los Angeles’s Venice Beach. Working with cast resin to create elegant and seductive sculptures with simple geometric forms, his work explores the act of visual perception. The results are not objects so much as sensory experiences. “I am involved with using art as a phenomenon,” he has said. “I am dealing with real energies, forces, space, time, and matter.” LAMA will offer a cast resin sculpture by Eversley in its February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction.

John McLaughlin: Uncompromised Form

February 8, 2016

Lot 176, John McLaughlin, Untitled (1958)

Regarded as one of the great American painters of the 20th century, John McLaughlin is yet one of the most underappreciated. His work in the 1950s helped define the Hard-Edge school of geometric abstract painting, and his serene, almost austere canvases were in particular seen as a West Coast counterpoint to the assertiveness of New York Abstract Expressionism. His work would have a profound impact on Robert Irwin, Larry Bell, James Turrell, and other members of the Los Angeles Light and Space movement. LAMA is pleased to offer three works by McLaughlin on February 21, 2016.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Light & Space

October 5, 2015

Light and Space

It has always been a mission of Los Angeles Modern Auctions to foster the market of artists from Southern California. In the October 11 auction we are pleased to present an array of luminous artwork from LA-based Light and Space artists. The sunlight, sunsets, and atmosphere of the area inspired a number of artists starting in the sixties and seventies. They incorporate sensory phenomena in their work by altering natural light, or using artificial light, or creating with translucent, transparent or reflective materials. In a way, you can say that as artists they’re throwbacks to an earlier time. Such artists are sensitive to subtle changes in the air and shifts in the quality of light–its mutability as it is reflected or refracted, and passes through material. On offer will be outstanding lots by Peter Alexander, Mary Corse, John McCracken, and De Wain Valentine.

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