Mid-Century Modern

Auction Day is Here: May 19, 2019

May 18, 2019

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Auction Day is Here! Sunday, May 19th.

Read our blog for helpful tips for getting you through the auction process! Bidding, Directions, Food, etc.

Artist Spotlight: Wendell Castle

May 8, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Wendell Castle

Cited as the father of the American Studio Furniture Movement, Wendell Castle (1932–2018) produced a prolific body of work over the course of his six decade-long career. Castle was one of the first, and most successful, artists to seamlessly blend the aesthetic sensibilities of sculpture with the accessibility of furniture. Through his signature organic forms, the artist “invented his own visual language,” that challenged the predominant modernist insistence that form follow function. 

Read more about Wendell Castle in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.

May 19, 2019 Auction Preview: Indoor/Outdoor Designs for Living

May 4, 2019

Indoor/Outdoor Designs for Living by Van Keppel-Green

Finding that the dominant furniture styles of the 1930s were wholly inappropriate for California’s growing architectural interest in unifying indoor and outdoor spaces, the design partnership Van Keppel-Green (VKG) set to crafting simple, multi-use, all-weather pieces that could be easily moved from place to place throughout the home.

Read more about this design duo in today’s Auction Preview for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art & Design auction.

Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

February 28, 2018

Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, has selected six superb pieces that deserve another look post-auction. These stellar works are likely to disappear from the market after this week, so strike while the iron is hot. No bidding is required. Each of the following pieces are available for acquisition at a fixed price.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: New York Pop

February 21, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Each auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions has its knockout pieces, but Pop artworks in particular have a tendency to regularly stand out with their electrifying color palettes and playful imagery sourced from popular culture. Pop art has a way of remaining fresh and of-the-moment regardless of the era that inspired it — a fact that is continually demonstrated in the wake of each auction we host at LAMA.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Wendell Castle Chair

February 19, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Midway through putting together our February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction, we were saddened to learn of the passing of pioneering American furniture artist Wendell Castle (1932 – 2018). No sooner had we celebrated the news that a stunning, recent piece by Castle would appear in our upcoming auction, we found ourselves mourning the loss of this envelope-pushing designer and craftsman, who was often dubbed the founding father of the Art Furniture Movement.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I Portfolio

May 12, 2015

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup I, 1968

From Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art:

There are a few rare examples of artwork that have gained historical relevance far beyond the creator’s expectations. I find this portfolio to be one of those cases.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I, a 1968 limited edition portfolio of ten silkscreen prints on paper, at the May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction. Campbell’s Soup I is a major work in the Andy Warhol canon. In these prints, Warhol returned to the subject of his first solo show as an artist and to that which made his name: Campbell’s Soup Cans, a group of 32 silkscreened paintings on canvas with hand-lettering (now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York). The 1968 Soup Cans prints here represent a refinement of that work. With the use of the mechanical silkscreen technique, he removed the direct hand of the artist from the artistic process. After Warhol, artists would be seen not only as makers of compelling objects such as painting and sculpture, but also as makers of ideas.

Chicago Imagist: Sculptor, Painter and Collector Roger Brown

February 19, 2015

Lot 286, Roger Brown, Just Around the Corner (Part I & Part II), 1975

American sculptor, painter, and collector Roger Brown was a defining figure in the postwar Chicago art scene–but the range of his influences and artistic impact were national in scope. Brown was a leading member of a cadre of fantastical figurative Chicago painters who styled themselves the “Hairy Who.” Members of the group, and associated artists working in the city at the time, are now best known as the Chicago Imagists. LAMA is pleased to offer Brown’s significant corner diptych in March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction.