Los Angeles Art
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…
May 10, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Joe Goode
Over the course of his long career, Joe Goode (b. 1937) has explored the nature of perception and the fluid relationship between representation and abstraction. Featured in the Pasadena Art Museum’s 1962 exhibition, “New Painting of Common Objects,” Joe Goode’s breakout “Milk Bottle” series earned him national recognition and a prominent place within the Pop Art canon. Goode characterized his subject matter as “the stuff that [he was] confronted with everyday.” Despite similar historical context, Goode’s commentary diverged from that of contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha.
Read more about Joe Goode in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
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.
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.
May 4, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Francis de Erdely
Through his training in Budapest, Madrid, and Paris, the Hungarian-born painter, Francis de Erdely (1904–1959), developed a modern style with a deep respect for the traditions of Classicism. Following the completion of his formal education, de Erdely travelled throughout Europe teaching and studying the technical methods of the Old Masters. It wasn’t until he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, however, that de Erdely established his mature artistic identity.
Read more about this artist in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
February 14, 2019
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.
February 11, 2019
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Pop Art Translations of Mickey Mouse
Walt Disney was an undisputed pioneer in cross-marketing. Mickey Mouse in particular appeared across all mass media platforms, eventually proving himself to be the ideal host for Disney’s “total merchandising” ambitions. Andy Warhol nevertheless admired the titan who built one of the most successful commercial art practices of all time. Read more from Peter Loughrey in today’s Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design auction.
February 5, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Helena Maria Vieira da Silva
Born the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat and the granddaughter of the founder of the O Século daily newspaper, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was exposed to a wide array of avant-garde art forms early on in life. Read more about the artist in today’s Artist Spotlight.