September 20, 2018
John Ferren quickly established himself as leading voice amongst New York Abstract Expressionists. In 1955 he served as president of The Club, an organization comprised of some of the leading Abstract Expressionist artists of the day. Disregarding the restraints of post-war painting’s common stylistic adherence, Ferren’s works remained “eclectic and wide ranging.” LAMA will be offering six works by Ferren in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction including “Source Fiesta” (1949), “Untitled” (1960), and his collection of four drawings which all provide a small sample of the vast diversity in Ferren’s repertoire.
May 18, 2016
LAMA is immensely pleased to offer Isamu Noguchi’s exceptional and rare Chess Table—first designed for “The Imagery of Chess,” a 1944 exhibit at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York organized by Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst. Peter Loughrey discusses this seminal exhibit and Noguchi’s contribution to it: “The table is not only a seminal work in the development of organic modernism…it also embodies a perfect union of art and design, being, as it is, sculptural and functional at once.”
March 30, 2016
LAMA’s May 22, 2016 auction of Modern Art & Design will feature an Isamu Noguchi Chess Table, one of the acclaimed sculptor’s finest pieces as a designer and a seminal work in the development of organic modernism. Among aficionados and collectors, the Noguchi Chess Table is among the most admired and coveted objects in the field of mid-twentieth century American design. The biomorphic elements that compose it—the curvilinear top, legs, and tray—are just as striking and surprising now as when they were created. The Chess Table was, perhaps, Noguchi’s most elegant demonstration of his belief that everyday design objects should enrich our lives as much as art.
May 14, 2013
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Exploring the Artist’s Hand
“The artist’s hand…” You may have heard art historians use that term to convey how a master leaves very specific and telltale signs of his or her authorship with every muse-kissed scratch, scrawl, and dab. An expert can spot an unsigned Picasso as genuine merely by identifying Picasso’s one-of-a-kind handling of every medium he ever tackled.
Sunday’s fast approaching auction boasts an intriguing group of works that take the phrase “the artist’s hand” even more literally – for in each of the following lots the artist works his own appendage into the composition. There’s something deeply personal when an artist gives his hand, his unaccredited collaborator if you will, a cameo.
April 26, 2013
The much-talked about first edition of Paris Photo LA has not only brought in visitors from around the world to Los Angeles, but the opening last night also created a new energy around town. Photography in general has become increasingly more important in the art market with prices soaring for modern and contemporary works.
The upcoming May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction features 25 lots of photography, an indicator of the growing photography market. The offerings include works by Sean Scully, Cindy Sherman, Julius Shulman, Jock Sturges, Antoine Verglas, William Wegman, and Man Ray (among others). Highlights include a 1963 photograph by Ruth Bernahrd (Lot 70) and Rescue at Sea, PBY Bristol Gunner by Horace Bristol (Lot 64).
November 9, 2012
Surrealists conjured life out of everyday objects, and Man Ray believed that “the idea was always more important than the actual work.” Arising from a mishap in 1920, Man Ray demonstrated this belief with an ordinary piece of metal. Read more about Man Ray’s biomorphic Lampshade (Abat-Jour) and how it came to life.
February 26, 2011
We have the great honor to offer 50 lots from the James Byrnes collection in the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction. From 1946 – 1953 James Byrnes was the first curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art, which is now known as LACMA. […]