February 4, 2020
One of the rare artists who seems to find endlessly fresh variations on a single subject, Deborah Butterfield has exclusively executed sculptures of horses for over forty years.
Read more about Deborah Butterfield in today’s Auction Spotlight for the February 16, 2020 Modern Art Auction.
May 13, 2019
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artist Portfolios
Portfolios are unique in that they reveal their artist’s development of and experimentation with a theme. It is as if the artist offers the viewer multiple courses for artistic action for a single prompt.
Read more of Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 11, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens
Missouri-born ceramic and glass artist, Glen Lukens (1887–1967), is celebrated as one of “the great artist-teachers” of the twentieth century. Through his workshops, writing, and experiments, he sparked a sweeping interest in traditional pottery methods that had been discounted with the advent of new technologies and trends. At the time, America’s formal ceramic tradition was rooted on the East Coast where many of European artisans had settled. As a result, Lukens’ independent approach to the discipline emerged liberally and untethered. The artist developed a practice characterized by a rough, organic aesthetic that proposed a visual counter-argument to the precise and decorative styles of his predecessors.
Read more about Glen Lukens in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
May 6, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Mel Ramos
Figurative painter Mel Ramos (1935–2018) made a name for himself as a leading figure of the first generation of American Pop artists. Alongside Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud (his former teacher), Ramos first began his practice emulating Abstract Expressionists and quickly took to reimagining the comic book icons of his childhood. Working within this genre, Ramos found himself gravitating towards the voluptuous forms of Wonder Woman and other female superheroes.
Read more about Mel Ramos 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 6, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Joseph Marioni
American artist Joseph Marioni is considered one of the most important figures to come out of the New York Radical Painting group. During the late-1970s the members of this small movement began testing the definition of the painting medium in response to the Minimalist and Conceptualist theoretical assertions of the preceding decade, which had attempted to divorce the fundamental nature of painting from the images it delivered. Read more about this artist in today’s Artist Spotlight.
September 27, 2018
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.”