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.
October 8, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Mary Corse
One of the few women recognized as a Light and Space artist in the 1960s, Mary Corse developed a signature vocabulary for the exploration of perception and experience within her works.
Read more about Mary Corse in advance of the October 20, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.
February 13, 2019
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Three Different Viewpoints From Light and Space Artists
Native to Southern California, the informally associated group of artists who populated the Light and Space movement during the second half on the 20th century, pursued their new art form through several central features. Fred Eversley, Mary Corse, and Larry Bell are three artists Peter Loughrey discusses in today’s Auction Picks for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.
January 30, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Mary Corse
Having been exposed to the works of Josef Albers and Hans Hoffman at a young age, Mary Corse became fascinated with their ability to coax out the viewer’s recognition of their own perception. She recalls tracing their fundamental shapes over and over, marveling at the ways in which her visual interaction with the forms could animate and transform them. Read more about Mary Corse and the three artworks in the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.
June 6, 2018
Subtle and ethereal, several works in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction appear almost minimalist in nature. However, the works by Mary Corse, Larry Bell, and Helen Pashgian each have an underlying complexity that has taken decades to perfect.
April 4, 2017
LAMA is delighted to present a painting by the celebrated artist Mary Corse, which will be available in our May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. With its simple geometric composition, featuring five thick vertical stripes, there are hints of Corse’s minimalist Californian precursors, such as John McLaughlin. Corse is more often associated with artists from the 1960s Light and Space movement, due to her use of industrial materials and her investigation of the perceptual properties of light.
March 10, 2016
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.”
March 4, 2016
We like to think of LAMA’s February auctions as bellwethers for the auction season ahead. LAMA’s February auction was the most successful in company history, realizing $5.3 million and setting five world auction records. On the heels of this success, Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, shares his perspective on the current state of the market and offers his advice on what to sell now at LAMA.