February 8, 2020
In 1992, the Museum of Contemporary Art presented “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s,” Paul Schimmel’s first exhibition as chief curator at the museum. Seeking to deliver an “updated” vision of Los Angeles, the exhibition divorced modern Angeleno art from the environmental factors that had animated the Light and Space movement…
Read more about Raymond Pettibon in advance of the February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.
September 30, 2016
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce the auction of a selection of works by celebrated artist Ed Moses (b.) on October 9, 2016. Moses famously exhibited at the legendary Ferus Gallery in 1957 alongside contemporaries such as Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin and Ed Ruscha. One of the most innovative post-war artists in America, Moses is best known for his experimental approach to painting, which focuses on process and materials. Including two paintings and three works on paper, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire some signature pieces by this iconic figure of 20th century art. Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art at LAMA, speaks with the artist about his retrospective at MOCA in the 1990s, his inspirations, and his “secret sauce.”
March 12, 2013
The recent announcement that LACMA has made an offer to, in effect, absorb the struggling MOCA has been the gossip of the arts community both locally and beyond for weeks. The fact that this offer has been on the table for nearly five years without serious consideration is, in my opinion, scandalous. In 2008, Michael Govan, the director of LACMA, proposed such an idea when MOCA was in dire financial straights. At the time, there was almost universal shock and revulsion from MOCA supporters and the idea was quickly shot down when Eli Broad came to its rescue. No one listened to Govan on the merits. It was just too much to imagine losing independence, especially to the cross-town rival. But really, as it turns out, it was just too big of an idea to get behind.