mike kelley

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Mike Kelley

May 19, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Every auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions has its standouts and our May 21 auction is no exception. One such highlight is ‘The Missing Leg’ (1984), a monumental triptych by legendary artist Mike Kelley (1954–2012).

Just In: Quintessential Raymond Pettibon

March 15, 2016

Raymond Pettibon, The Smell of Burning Rubber... (1989) May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature The Smell of Burning Rubber…, a 1989 ink on paper composition by Raymond Pettibon. A classic Pettibon marriage of image and text, it is a superb example of his work: fiery yet philosophical; deeply personal and yet iconographic. With a new major exhibition of works by Pettibon currently open at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the “bits and pieces” of American culture that Pettibon is known to incorporate into his art are shown to have a far-reaching and indelible impact on culture worldwide.

Peter’s Post-Auction Picks: 5 Collector’s Items To Buy

March 6, 2015


What a success–LAMA’s March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction set new world records for several artists, with total auction sales realizing $4.1 million. But you can still get in on the action with these lots, highly collectible pieces, and the time to buy is now. Peter Loughrey, director of Modern Design & Fine art, picked five highlights to love–early, significant works by masterful artists and designers–Mike Kelley, Pablo Picasso, Claire Falkenstein, Edward Wormley, and Jean-Pierre Vasarely.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Contemporary Art

October 8, 2014


Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present a selection of contemporary artworks ranging from the early 60s to the late 90s, both local and national, and from established and emerging artists in its October 12, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction. Peter’s Picks for today include a strong roster of Los Angeles artists, including Joe Goode, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, and Chris Burden. Also on offer is an intriguing photograph from New York appropriationist Sherrie Levine, as well as appropriation works by Richard Pettibone and Andy Warhol.

Arts Writer Jori Finkel on Mike Kelley

October 2, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to feature Mike Kelley’s Nazi War Cave #1 (1985) in the upcoming October 12, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction. This exemplary work from Kelley’s Plato’s Cave, Rothko’s Chapel, Lincoln’s Profile project is being sold by the estate of the original owner and will trade hands for the first time on October 12, 2014. This deeply layered work has been included in numerous exhibitions, and most recently travelled internationally to Amsterdam, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles in the artist’s landmark retrospective. To commemorate this rare opportunity, arts writer Jori Finkel provides further insight on this controversial and challenging work.