Four Cakes (from Recent Etchings I) (1979), which we are proud to present in our upcoming 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, not only depicts Wayne Thiebaud’s most recognizable iconography, but demonstrates his commitment to rigorous experimentation. This work stands as a quintessential model of Thiebaud’s most critical artistic inquiries, both in its content and its form.
Lichtenstein began working in series and exploring “sustained themes” around 1946. Though Lichtenstein wouldn’t develop his signature iconography for another decade, his interest in “paraphrasing” common images began to flourish. The academically dominant Abstract Expressionists despised objective representation, labelling the grand figurative styles of the nineteenth century cheap and hackneyed. Lichtenstein, however, recognized that despite their lack of individuality, these art forms remained particularly abundant in the ‘lowbrow’ visuality of the everyday. He then sought to tease out the intersections of representation and abstraction that could imbue images with cultural salience.
Read more about Roy Lichtenstein in today’s Artist Spotlight for the May 19, 2019 Modern Art and Design Auction.
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Pop Art Translations of Mickey Mouse
Walt Disney was an undisputed pioneer in cross-marketing. Mickey Mouse in particular appeared across all mass media platforms, eventually proving himself to be the ideal host for Disney’s “total merchandising” ambitions. Andy Warhol nevertheless admired the titan who built one of the most successful commercial art practices of all time. Read more from Peter Loughrey in today’s Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day for the February 17, 2019 Modern Art & Design auction.
Read about the New York Pop art items slated for the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction as written by director, Peter Loughrey. “I am very proud to be able to present such an unusually robust collection of New York Pop art. Pieces from Lichtenstein to Basquiat are part of my selection, offering a broad survey from nearly fifty years of the movement.”
Each auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions has its knockout pieces, but Pop artworks in particular have a tendency to regularly stand out with their electrifying color palettes and playful imagery sourced from popular culture. Pop art has a way of remaining fresh and of-the-moment regardless of the era that inspired it — a fact that is continually demonstrated in the wake of each auction we host at LAMA.