Modern Auction

Arts Writer Jori Finkel on Vija Celmins

February 13, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature a rare and important Vija Celmins painting from 1964, Untitled (Ham Hock), being sold by the original owner. To commemorate this masterpiece of representational painting, arts writer Jori Finkel offers further insight into this early period in Celmins’ career.

Calling for Consignments – Deadline Approaching!

July 9, 2013

LAMA is calling for consignments of modern fine art, design, lighting, decorative objects, ceramics, and jewelry to be included in the October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction. Currently, the auction will offer important works by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Ruscha, Hopper, Altoon, Hammersley, Wegner, Knoll, and Nakashima.

From a single work of art to an entire estate, LAMA continues to be the choice auction house on the West Coast to sell Modern Art & Design.

International Bidding Drives California Works to New Highs

May 21, 2013


The May 19, 2013 auction broke world records for a work by Vija Celmins, the highest price achieved at auction for a work on canvas by the artist, and a work by Joe Goode, which set a new world auction record for any work by the artist.

LAMA achieved a new company record for total sales, realizing $3.46 million and selling 120% of the 469 lots by value. Sunday’s auction firmly establishes LAMA’s position as an international marketplace for Modern Art & Design.

Pedro Friedeberg and the Absurd

August 23, 2010

Going against the grain of serious political artwork in Mexico during the 1960s, Pedro Friedeberg’s objective was to point out the absurdity in everyday living. The artist’s light-hearted view of life naturally led him to join the Neo-Dadaist group, Los Hartos (The Fed Up).  Hating functionalism, Friedeberg once said “the house and its objects is supposed […]

Recap: May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction

May 24, 2010

Bringing together a selection of top quality material is a journey in itself, but actually seeing those items go up on the auction block for twenty seconds and find new homes is a whole other story. The May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design auction brought together a large assortment of 20th century material, each […]

Thoughts on the May 23, 2010 Auction

March 5, 2010

It’s finally March and soon we are getting ready to close out the sale in preparation for photography in two weeks. Amidst the chaos at the warehouse with all the furniture and art flying in, I got a chance to take a moment to reflect on how the auction is shaping up and ask Peter […]

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