Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Anything but Minimalist

June 6, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Subtle and ethereal, several works in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction appear almost minimalist in nature. However, the works by Mary Corse, Larry Bell, and Helen Pashgian each have an underlying complexity that has taken decades to perfect.

John McLaughlin: Uncompromised Form

February 8, 2016

Lot 176, John McLaughlin, Untitled (1958)

Regarded as one of the great American painters of the 20th century, John McLaughlin is yet one of the most underappreciated. His work in the 1950s helped define the Hard-Edge school of geometric abstract painting, and his serene, almost austere canvases were in particular seen as a West Coast counterpoint to the assertiveness of New York Abstract Expressionism. His work would have a profound impact on Robert Irwin, Larry Bell, James Turrell, and other members of the Los Angeles Light and Space movement. LAMA is pleased to offer three works by McLaughlin on February 21, 2016.

Kaz Oshiro: Monumentalizing the Mundane

February 2, 2016

Kaz Oshiro

By “monumentalizing the mundane,” as one critic put it, Kaz Oshiro has drawn comparisons to Andy Warhol and other Pop artists with his uncannily realistic sculptural representations of everyday objects. Oshiro finishes his pieces with scuffs, scratches, and scrapes—“abstract marks,” he calls them—that suggest the object has lived through years of use. He employs the materials of painting including canvas, acrylics, wooden boards, and framing, to create sculptural objects such as the three archetypal works in this sale: Trash Bin #9 (Pink/White), Bumper #3, and Microwave Oven #4.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Agnes Martin

May 11, 2015

Lot 197, Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977

The May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction is almost here. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a watercolor, graphite, and ink work on paper from 1977 by Agnes Martin: director Peter Loughrey’s auction pick of the day. This lot retains Pace Gallery and Margo Leavin Gallery labels and will be offered at auction for the first time.

Just In: Agnes Martin Watercolor

March 12, 2015

Agnes Martin, Untitled, 1977, Los Angeles Modern Auctions, May 2015 Auction

Canadian-born Agnes Martin (1912—2004) was a major figure of 1950s and 1960s abstraction, known for her square-format works with all-over grid patterns, rendered in paint and graphite. Described as an artist who bridged Abstract Expressionism with Minimalism, arguably too, she exhibited an austere North American pragmatism, influenced by Protestantism. In a similar vein, her belief in the tenets of Zen Buddhism aligns with her oeuvre’s classical refrains. Martin’s paintings evoke ancient (Greek, Egyptian, and Chinese) ideals–simplicity and perfection, or a search for solitude. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that a horizontal watercolor by Martin will be offered in the May 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Ronald Davis, “Illusionist” of Perspective

February 17, 2015

Lot 64, Ronald Davis, Double Sawtooth, 1970

California artist Ronald Davis explores geometric shapes and visual perspective using techniques and materials borrowed from the state’s aerospace and plastics industries. His colorful resin and fiberglass sculptures combine elements of minimalism and Pop art. Says the artist: “Illusion is my vehicle. Opticality is paramount.” For the first time Double Sawtooth (1970) and Notch Rectangle XIV (1971) go to auction, on March 1.