All creative individuals–be they writers, dancers, musicians, or movie stars–hope to have their work appreciated by a large and diverse audience. Visual artists face a dilemma in this regard. Their abilities are assessed, their critical reputations are established, and the market for their work is based on individual creations such as paintings and sculptures. These are exhibited for a short while in an art gallery, then (with luck) disappear into a private collection, and may eventually–in the cases of artists with exceptional talent (and, perhaps, even more luck)–end up on permanent public display in museums. Los Angeles Modern Auctions Director Peter Loughrey highlights choice and collectible lots on offer at auction this Sunday by Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Annie Leibovitz, and Fernando & Humberto Campana.
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Picasso’s ceramics are colorful, vibrant, and a delight for the eye to behold. Postwar, the artist found pleasure in painting and molding pottery in the South of France at the Madoura Pottery workshop. Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to present Lot 150, a full Fish Service (26 pieces) produced in 1947, the year the artist began to devote much of his time to ceramics.
At the March 1 Auction, LAMA set new world records for works by De Wain Valentine, Frederick Hammersley, Mary Corse, and Peter Alexander. LAMA remains at the forefront of the Modern and Contemporary Fine Art and Design auction market as made evident with total auction sales realizing $4.1 million, selling 142% of the 445 lots by value.The crowd was alive and bidding Sunday at Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. The house buzzed as visitors wandered amongst the lots, visited the Artsy computer kiosks, all while placing bids and watching the live action. At a frenzied pace bidders participated on the phone, or bid online, or raised their paddles in person.