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.”
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.
Gordon Onslow Ford was an artistic innovator, developing such techniques as “coulage,” believed to have influenced such artists as Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky, and Jackson Pollock. His desire “to bring wonder into the world” is achieved in luminous and frenetic cosmic landscapes as well as black-and-white investigations into pure and direct expression. This month, LAMA is delighted to present seven works by Onslow Ford spanning the 1940s through the 1990s, which will go to auction on February 21, 2016.