Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Just In: A Maloof Cradle

September 16, 2020

Legendary for his exquisite design and craftsmanship, Southern California woodworker Sam Maloof completed his first-ever cradle in 1966. A firm believer in the entanglements of life and craft, Maloof made this first “cradle-hutch” to maximize the small space where his family was living. In the mid-1970s, Maloof introduced his free-standing swinging cradle, which proved to be a more popular design than the hutch…

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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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Just In: Alexander Calder

August 24, 2020

Calder’s gouache works on paper — his preferred two-dimensional medium — lend insight into how the artist came to create the sculptures and mobiles that have become synonymous with his name. During his yearlong stay in Aix-en-Provence in 1953…

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Just In: Carlos Almaraz’s The Clock Struck Three

July 20, 2020

In The Clock Struck Three, Almaraz decodes the real and unreal through a curious amalgam of silhouettes: figures of men and women cast in abstract forms marching across a scene of chaos, in a frenzied mission to a destination unknown…

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Just In: Sam Maloof Rocking Chair

July 7, 2020

A true craftsman in every sense of the word, Sam Maloof created furniture with a soul. His pieces straddle function and beauty, always bearing the intrinsic quality of the human touch. Maloof’s 1973 rocking chair, featured in our upcoming July 30-August 9 Modern Art & Design Timed Online Only Auction, is no exception.

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Just In: Kiki Smith’s Banshee Pearls

June 30, 2020

Through her fearless approach to material and process, Kiki Smith has contributed a body of work that spans four decades, pushing the boundaries of the social, sexual and political aspects of human nature.

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Specialist Selects: Hamilton Press

June 10, 2020

Born from the partnership of Ed Ruscha and master printer Ed Hamilton, Hamilton Press has been printing artist editions from Venice, CA, since 1990, emerging as an influential conduit of printmaking in Los Angeles and contemporary art at large. “Ed Hamilton had a hand in printing with almost all of the big artists coming out of L.A. from the ‘60s onwards,” explains LAMA Specialist Clo Pazera…

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Just In: Ed Ruscha, In Silhouette

April 3, 2020

In the mid-1980s Ruscha shifted away from the text-based work that he is so commonly associated with and began working on a series of paintings and prints that featured silhouetted objects and figures, toying with the visuality of film noir. We are pleased to be presenting three works featuring these subjects — Hourglass (1988), Spattership (1990), and Untitled (1989) — in our next Modern Art & Design Auction.

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