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Just In: Alvin Lustig

January 26, 2018

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After a few months studying under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East in Wisconsin in 1935 American modernist design polymath Alvin Lustig (1915-1955) decided that a career restricted solely to the field of architecture wasn’t for him. Lustig, who once claimed that he was “born modern,” had a grander, more holistic vision for design that took a montage approach, incorporating and synthesizing diverse principles from an ever-evolving litany of sources, old and new.

Wendell Castle: In Memoriam (1932-2018)

January 22, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LAMA mourns the loss of envelope-pushing American furniture artist Wendell Castle, who passed away at his home in Scottsville, New York on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the age of 85. Born in Emporia, Kansas in 1932, the highly acclaimed designer and craftsman completely upended traditional distinctions separating the fields of furniture design, sculpture, and fine art over the course of some six decades.

Ed Moses: In Memoriam (1926-2018)

January 18, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

LAMA is sad to learn that Los Angeles artist Ed Moses passed away today, January 18, 2018, at the age of 91. A central figure of the early Los Angeles art scene, Moses was one of the original artists to show with Ferus Gallery.

Just In: ‘Pull (from Hoarfrost Editions)’ by Robert Rauschenberg

December 20, 2017

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Robert Rauschenberg had a soft spot for works and processes that embraced the ephemeral, both conceptually and in practice. Like each of the works in the Hoarfrostseries, ‘Pull (from Hoarfrost Editions),’ which LAMA is delighted to include in the February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction, explores themes of an elusive, fleeting nature. The translucent, gauzy layers of delicate, gossamer-like cloth and the barely legible, yet not entirely unrecognizable imagery of this piece all point to themes of transience and transcendence.

Just In: Wearable Art by Jean Arp and Ronald Mallory

December 6, 2017

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Jewelry design, in particular, has proved an area for fruitful collaborations between fashion houses and artists. Collaborations to create wearable art are still quite prominent today, and continue to further merge the fields of art and design in interesting and innovative ways. LAMA is thrilled to offer three exceptional pieces of jewelry in the February 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction: two by Jean Arp, and one by Ronald Mallory.

Just In: A Bold Chair by Wendell Castle

November 29, 2017

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In the February 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA is pleased to offer Castle’s ‘Abilene’ chair (2008), a recent work that illustrates the designer’s reverance to function and form working in unison. With its lyrical, undulating lines and over-the-top, biomorphic form, the Abilene chair is an exceptional example of Castle’s signature style. His use of stainless steel for a fluid design shows his mastery of the craft, and demonstrates his lasting impact upon both the fields of design and sculpture.

In Memoriam: Richard Hambleton (1952-2017)

November 8, 2017

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Artist Richard Hambleton passed away on October 29, 2017 at the age of 65. Born on June 23, 1952 in Vancouver, Canada, Richard Art Hambleton graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. After receiving his degree, Hambleton stayed in Vancouver to open the Pumps Center for Alternative Art before moving to New York City in 1980. LAMA was fortunate enough to offer two paintings from 2005 in our auction, and look forward to sharing his hauntingly creative artworks to our collectors even after his untimely passing.

Just In: An Iconic ‘Standard’ by Ed Ruscha

November 8, 2017

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Ruscha produced his first Standard Station screenprint in 1966. It was followed in 1969 by variations on the same theme, such as ‘Cheese Mold Standard with Olive’ (1969) which will be offered in our Winter 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. This work presents a similar scene of an anonymous filling stations rendered in an unlikely palette and presented in dramatic perspective.

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