November 7, 2018
Artist Spotlight of the Day: Milton Avery
Milton Avery began his study of abstract form at a time when such a style was certainly not popular in the United States. Deemed the “American Matisse,” Avery was highly influenced by the expressiveness of French Fauvism, whose members used color to express emotion rather than accurately represent their subject, though Avery’s color palette tended more towards the subtle pastels favored by the Impressionists than the bold colors of the Fauvists. Read more about Avery in today’s Artist Spotlight.
March 16, 2017
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present a sculptural work by the renowned French-German artist Jean Arp, which will be available in the May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Jean Arp was closely connected to some of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Untitled (c. 1960) is an example of the artist’s late sculpture, a small-scale bronze work, over which a golden patina has been applied. Set on a black plinth, it is endowed with a grandeur and formality that belies the revolutionary spirit of the artist’s early work.
May 12, 2016
At a time when figuration was considered dead, Larry Rivers insisted that figurative art and portraiture remained relevant—even radical. The singular style he developed combined the force and gesture of Abstract Expressionism with perfectly rendered, representational imagery. His preferred subject matter—everyday objects like playing cards, cigarette packs, and foreign currency—together with his signature cool, ironic detachment, have caused some to regard Rivers as the forerunner of Pop Art.