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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Ceramics

May 15, 2019

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: California Ceramics

When Californian ceramists became active in the early 20th century, their geographic independence from long-standing ceramic capitals meant that they weren’t bound by the traditions of their trade or by a preexisting critical infrastructure. A variety of works featured in the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction help chart the history of California’s innovative and untethered ceramic practices.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Designs at the End of the 20th Century

May 14, 2019


Maarten Baas, Clay Fan, executed 2007
May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Designs at the end of the 20th century

As a reaction to the Modernist demands of earlier decades, various design movements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries attempted to unify their craft with the formal qualities of sculpture in order to expose the passivity with which most viewers encountered their medium as well as to redefine their own role as authors of their work.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Portfolios

May 13, 2019





Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Artist Portfolios

Portfolios are unique in that they reveal their artist’s development of and experimentation with a theme. It is as if the artist offers the viewer multiple courses for artistic action for a single prompt.

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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. 

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Artist Spotlight: Mel Ramos

May 6, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Mel Ramos

Figurative painter Mel Ramos (1935–2018) made a name for himself as a leading figure of the first generation of American Pop artists. Alongside Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud (his former teacher), Ramos first began his practice emulating Abstract Expressionists and quickly took to reimagining the comic book icons of his childhood. Working within this genre, Ramos found himself gravitating towards the voluptuous forms of Wonder Woman and other female superheroes.

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art

February 14, 2019

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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art

A surge in linguistic philosophy that explored the ways in which languages affect their broader cultural systems led to the proliferation of text-heavy throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Many modern and conceptual artists began performing practical analyses of those effects by representing the intersections of text and visual languages in their works. Continue reading for Peter’s Pick of the Day.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Viewpoints from Light and Space Artists

February 13, 2019

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Three Different Viewpoints From Light and Space Artists

Native to Southern California, the informally associated group of artists who populated the Light and Space movement during the second half on the 20th century, pursued their new art form through several central features. Fred Eversley, Mary Corse, and Larry Bell are three artists Peter Loughrey discusses in today’s Auction Picks for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Armenian Artists

November 12, 2018

For over 60 years Mr. Cafesjian was an avid art collector and amassed an extensive and prestigious body of work. Upon first traveling to Armenia, Mr. Cafesjian became very interested in the artistic legacy of his parents’ home country. In addition to his many other Armenian development initiatives, Mr. Cafesjian sponsored the creation of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan, in 2009.

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