The first modernist master to emerge from Southern California, the elegant work of John McLaughlin (1898–1976) is characterized by a calm austerity, often associated with Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism. The influence of Zen Buddhist painting on Mclaughlin’s work is apparent in the two masterpieces available at auction on October 9, with their repeated geometric forms and toned down palette. The consistency of his vision and commitment to abstraction proved influential on the following generation of Los Angeles Light and Space artists like Robert Irwin and Larry Bell. McLaughlin’s legacy will be explored in an exhibition at LACMA this fall and the LAMA sale is an excellent opportunity to acquire his work before this career-defining retrospective.
October 3, 2016