February 12, 2019
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Students of the Bauhaus
Recognized as one of the world’s most influential modernist art schools, the Bauhaus has had a far reaching hand in shaping some of history’s most distinguished creatives. Convinced of the need to abolish the distinction between fine and practical arts, Walter Gropius established the Bauhaus school in 1919. Read more from Peter Loughrey in today’s Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.
April 29, 2016
A pioneer of modernism in Los Angeles, Oskar Fischinger (1900–1967) is celebrated for his transcendent and metaphysical oil paintings, as well as for his groundbreaking work in abstract film animation. Working as an animator for, by turns, Paramount, MGM, and Disney, Fischinger turned to painting as a creative outlet—one he pursued with vigor for the rest of his life. These paintings uniquely embody a sense of cinematic movement with forms that resonate and pulse, move in waves, swell, and burst. For Fischinger, these abstractions were means to transcendent ends. He sought, through painting, to escape the earthly, and to hint at the eternal.
February 1, 2016
From the 1960s and onwards, Cleo Baldon designed more than 3,000 pools in and around Los Angeles. She has been credited with the invention of the lap pool in the early seventies, a contribution that helped to advance the personal fitness revolution. At the same time, Baldon was a force for SoCal cool and sybaritic relaxation. She designed successful lines of outdoor furniture that married the sleek minimalism of modernist design with materials redolent of the region’s Spanish Colonial heritage. LAMA’s February 21, 2016 auction will include ten lots of furniture and designs by Ms. Baldon from her estate, as well as fine art comprising of two vintage photographs by Baldon’s close friend Julius Shulman and three original works of art by Oskar Fischinger.
May 20, 2015
The house was buzzing at the May 17 auction when Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) realized prices identical to New York auction house results for similar works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. The top lot was an impressive standing mobile by Alexander Calder that brought $826,250. Additionally, LAMA broke three world auction records for California artists (previously set by LAMA), proving it is the maker of markets as made evident with total auction sales for Sunday’s auction realizing $3 million, selling 119% of the 310 lots by value.
“We are continuing to show the marketplace that sellers no longer have to ship their modern art to New York to get the highest price,” states Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA. “Whether it’s $1,000 or $1,000,000, sellers can get the same price in Los Angeles.”