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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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Just In: A Charles Arnoldi Stick Painting

September 2, 2020

Charles Arnoldi has been a visual problem solver for nearly five decades. As a student at the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1960s, he absorbed the notion that painting’s time had passed and subsequently struggled to land on a painting technique that could encapsulate his creative vision. It was a post-wildfire Malibu fruit-foraging expedition that unexpectedly delivered his next material: sticks.

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Artist Spotlight: Raymond Pettibon

February 8, 2020


In 1992, the Museum of Contemporary Art presented “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s,” Paul Schimmel’s first exhibition as chief curator at the museum. Seeking to deliver an “updated” vision of Los Angeles, the exhibition divorced modern Angeleno art from the environmental factors that had animated the Light and Space movement…

Read more about Raymond Pettibon in advance of the February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Artist Spotlight: Edmund Teske

February 7, 2020

Born in Chicago near the turn of the previous century, Edmund Teske first got his hands on a camera as a young boy. Initially studying music, one of Teske’s teachers granted him access to a darkroom and the budding artist developed his earliest prints.

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Artist Spotlight: Betye Saar

February 6, 2020

A California native and key figure in the Black Arts Movement, Betye Saar weaves layers of memory and resistance into her prints, collages, and assemblages.

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Just In: Vija Celmins painting

March 9, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAAM)

During the mid-1960s, Latvian-American visual artist Vija Celmins began to move away from the Abstract Expressionist style that marked her early excursions into painting, and for a brief period focused on still life paintings and drawings, utilizing objects found close to hand in her studio space in order to sharpen her powers of perception. Works such as her 1963 ‘Untitled (Fish),’ which Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is thrilled to have the opportunity to include in our upcoming auction, are notably absent of direct human presence, though traces of human intervention and its consequences are never too far from the surface.

Artist Spotlight: David Hockney

October 10, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Since the 1950s, David Hockney has been producing works that embrace an idiom of exuberance, while consistently pushing the envelope in terms of the potential for technology to uniquely engage, explore, and enable different modes of artistic expression. “I don’t think there are any borders when it comes to painting,” he once conceded. “I’ve always thought that. There are no frontiers, just art.”

Just In: A Shimmering Abstract by Mary Corse

March 10, 2016

Mary Corse, Untitled (Black/Blue Bands) (2000)

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.”

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