The October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin Sunday at 12 pm (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.
From his projects for the influential Case Study House program of the 1950s to his office’s acclaimed design for the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the work of Craig Ellwood helped define a new architectural aesthetic. Yet, many of his admirers are unaware that he enjoyed a vibrant second career as an artist. Los Angeles Modern Auctions spoke with Ellwood’s widow, Leslie Phillips, about his art.
LAMA’s May 22, 2016 auction of Modern Art & Design will feature an Isamu Noguchi Chess Table, one of the acclaimed sculptor’s finest pieces as a designer and a seminal work in the development of organic modernism. Among aficionados and collectors, the Noguchi Chess Table is among the most admired and coveted objects in the field of mid-twentieth century American design. The biomorphic elements that compose it—the curvilinear top, legs, and tray—are just as striking and surprising now as when they were created. The Chess Table was, perhaps, Noguchi’s most elegant demonstration of his belief that everyday design objects should enrich our lives as much as art.
The painter and muralist Alfredo Ramos Martinez was a prominent and influential figure in the early 20th century both in his native Mexico and his adopted home of Los Angeles. Ramos Martinez brought a fresh, modernizing spirit to the art scene of his homeland, helping to foster the rich modernismo artistic awakening led by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Floripondios–the word translates as “large flowers” –are a recurring motif in Ramos Martinez’s work. Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer Lot 84, Floripondios (2) (c.1938), an impressive diptych at auction October 11.
Today, let’s revel in a group of artists who take core principles and staples of traditional modernism and reinvigorate them with, as Robert Hughes would say, “the shock of the new.”