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

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.

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Chicago Imagist: Sculptor, Painter and Collector Roger Brown

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.

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LA Sculptor Joel Otterson is a Jack-of-all-trades

Lot 223, Joel Otterson, American Portable Pottery Museum (Wall of China), 1994

Los Angeles contemporary artist Joel Otterson is a maker in the old tradition–his materials of choice are copper pipe, pottery, earthenware, concrete, marble, and stained glass; and he also works in quilting, lace making, and woodworking. But his works’ ironic arrangements and pithy titles are wholly au courant. Otterson describes his practice: “My work is loud, and I want it to yell at people.” In this boisterous example on offer March 1, American Portable Pottery Museum (Wall of China) (1994), the artist makes a wry and pointed comment on current global manufacturing practices.

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Just In: Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I, Portfolio of 10 Screenprints

Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup I, portfolio of 10 screenprints, to go to auction May 2015 at LAMA

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I, a 1968 limited edition portfolio of ten silkscreen prints on paper, will be offered in our Modern Art & Design Auction this May. Campbell’s Soup I is a major work in the Warhol canon. Defining emblems of Warhol’s artistry, these prints are icons of the Pop art movement, and arguably are among the most famous images in all of postwar art.

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Edward Wormley’s Listen-to-Me Couch

Edward Wormley’s Listen-to-Me couch, the epitome of luxury mid-century furniture design, to go up for auction on December 16th. Continue reading for more information about this pristine example.

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Evelyn Ackerman (1924-2012)

Today we are deeply saddened to announce that the mid-century designer Evelyn Ackerman – one half of the renowned Ackerman design team – passed away last evening in her Los Angeles home.

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Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: June 23rd

Let’s Face It In Jerome Simon’s “Design in Time and Light” (Lot 321), the imposing brass base sprouts a lighter-than-air glowing circle that is the translucent face. Featured in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), this piece resembles a 19th century telescope reconfigured into a modern timepiece. Its intricately automated mirrors split a beam of light into three glowing projections of minute, hour, and second …

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Save the UCLA Faculty Center (1959)

The beautiful, mid-century UCLA Faculty Center is in danger of being torn down and we need your help!  Not only is the building itself in danger, but also the amazing landscape architecture and gardens surrounding it. This garden view of the UCLA Faculty Center exhibits classic mid-century indoor-outdoor living, which captures framing views of 50-year-old pine trees. To help save this mid-century monument please sign …

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