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Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens

May 11, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Glen Lukens

Missouri-born ceramic and glass artist, Glen Lukens (1887–1967), is celebrated as one of “the great artist-teachers” of the twentieth century. Through his workshops, writing, and experiments, he sparked a sweeping interest in traditional pottery methods that had been discounted with the advent of new technologies and trends. At the time, America’s formal ceramic tradition was rooted on the East Coast where many of European artisans had settled. As a result, Lukens’ independent approach to the discipline emerged liberally and untethered. The artist developed a practice characterized by a rough, organic aesthetic that proposed a visual counter-argument to the precise and decorative styles of his predecessors.

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

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.

Artist Spotlight: Joseph Marioni

February 6, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Joseph Marioni

American artist Joseph Marioni is considered one of the most important figures to come out of the New York Radical Painting group. During the late-1970s the members of this small movement began testing the definition of the painting medium in response to the Minimalist and Conceptualist theoretical assertions of the preceding decade, which had attempted to divorce the fundamental nature of painting from the images it delivered. Read more about this artist in today’s Artist Spotlight.

Artist Spotlight: Maria Helena Vieira da Silva

February 5, 2019

Artist Spotlight: Helena Maria Vieira da Silva

Born the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat and the granddaughter of the founder of the O Século daily newspaper, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was exposed to a wide array of avant-garde art forms early on in life. Read more about the artist in today’s Artist Spotlight.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Utility, Simplicity, and Integrity

September 27, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Peter Loughrey celebrates George Nakashima in today’s his daily Auction Pick. “While many of his contemporaries celebrated the new possibilities of Modernist home design, George Nakashima rejected the style for what saw as an ‘imposed egotism.’ He became a leading voice in the midcentury craft movement, championing the holistic practices of older, richer furniture traditions.”

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: GRAV and Its Influences

September 26, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Peter Loughrey discusses the Paris based Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV), founded in 1960 by François Morellet and Julio Le Parc, their history and influences in today’s “Peter’s Picks” blog post for the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction.

Just In: Ken Price’s ‘Groota’

August 16, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)
Ken Price, “Groota”, 1985
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Ken Price’s career-long investigation of the relationship between interiority and exteriority becomes particularly acute in works like “Groota” (1985), which LAMA is pleased to include in our upcoming September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. The tensions between art and craft, interior and exterior, are perfectly articulated in the series of two-piece clay sculptures that Price began working on in the mid-1980s.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Anything but Minimalist

June 6, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Subtle and ethereal, several works in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction appear almost minimalist in nature. However, the works by Mary Corse, Larry Bell, and Helen Pashgian each have an underlying complexity that has taken decades to perfect.