Modern Art and Design

Artist Spotlight: Joe Goode

May 10, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Joe Goode

Over the course of his long career, Joe Goode (b. 1937) has explored the nature of perception and the fluid relationship between representation and abstraction. Featured in the Pasadena Art Museum’s 1962 exhibition, “New Painting of Common Objects,” Joe Goode’s breakout “Milk Bottle” series earned him national recognition and a prominent place within the Pop Art canon. Goode characterized his subject matter as “the stuff that [he was] confronted with everyday.” Despite similar historical context, Goode’s commentary diverged from that of contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha.

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

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 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.

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

February 18, 2015

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.

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

February 18, 2015

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.

Just In: Roy Lichtenstein “Sweet Dreams, Baby!” (1965)

June 26, 2014

Roy Lichtenstein Sweet Dreams Baby 1965

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to announce that Roy Lichtenstein’s Sweet Dreams, Baby! (from 11 Pop Artists, Volume III) (1965) will go to auction on October 12, 2014. Considered to be one of the pioneering artist’s first “true” Pop prints, Sweet Dreams, Baby! has remained in private hands since it was originally purchased in 1971 from John Berggruen Gallery.