Max Ernst’s “Volto” – Surrealism in Glass

September 25, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Dadaist and Surrealist Max Ernst (1891-1976) lived a life befitting an artistic itinerant of the Belle Époque, traversing cities including Cologne, Paris, and Beverly Hills. His marriage to Peggy Guggenheim from 1942-1946 brought him to New York, and it was this partnership that encouraged his later experiments in glass, as seen in Volto (1964). LAMA is pleased to present this work at the October 12, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Just In: Roy Lichtenstein “Moonscape” (From Landscapes Series)

July 30, 2013

In 1985, Roy Lichtenstein teamed up with Gemini G.E.L. to produce the Landscapes Series, one of the many collaborations with the Los Angeles workshop since the beginning of their relationship in 1969. Of the seven lithograph, woodblock, and screenprint images from this series, LAMA will be offering Moonscape (1985) in the October 13th auction, which utilizes the most colors, a combination of 45 different hues ranging from Bocour blue to transparent orange. Another work from Landscapes, View from a Window (1985), resides in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Continue reading for more information about Moonscape in LAMA’s upcoming auction.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Vija Celmins Painting from 1964

May 15, 2013


For over twenty years, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) has been privileged to auction over 25,000 works of modern art and design, but last February a longtime friend and client of LAMA presented me one of the most important works LAMA has ever represented: Vija Celmins’ Untitled (Knife and Dish) (Lot 160) from her seminal year of 1964.

I had never seen a Celmins painting from this legendary era in-person and for good reason – the artist only created these object paintings for a brief period in 1964. They are therefore extremely rare; experts have speculated that there are fewer than ten such paintings in existence. The works that have survived, and are publicly known, are in the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, as well as important private collections.