February 11, 2020
Suites or groups of works have a special way of cheating the time/space constraints imposed by the limits of individual art objects. As a collector, suites offer a succinct way to capture an artist’s process or a particular moment in art history…
Read more about these suites of works in advance of the February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction…
February 8, 2020
In 1992, the Museum of Contemporary Art presented “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s,” Paul Schimmel’s first exhibition as chief curator at the museum. Seeking to deliver an “updated” vision of Los Angeles, the exhibition divorced modern Angeleno art from the environmental factors that had animated the Light and Space movement…
Read more about Raymond Pettibon in advance of the February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.
March 9, 2017
Sometimes, during the fast-paced excitement of our auctions, a handful of outstanding pieces get unjustly overlooked. Here I would like to highlight four such works – created by some of this country’s leading artists and designers – before they get snapped up. These lots are now for sale at a set price, so no bidding is required.
February 28, 2017
Los Angeles Modern Auctions adopts a curated approach to every sale and there are a number of interesting themes in our March auction. One such group are works that employ text, by artists like Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, Tracey Emin, Mary Kelly, and Raymond Pettibon. Whether it’s to communicate a message to the viewer, or to explore the aesthetic properties of language, these six works reveal the myriad ways in which the written word can be employed in visual art.
March 15, 2016
Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature The Smell of Burning Rubber…, a 1989 ink on paper composition by Raymond Pettibon. A classic Pettibon marriage of image and text, it is a superb example of his work: fiery yet philosophical; deeply personal and yet iconographic. With a new major exhibition of works by Pettibon currently open at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the “bits and pieces” of American culture that Pettibon is known to incorporate into his art are shown to have a far-reaching and indelible impact on culture worldwide.
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.”
June 12, 2014
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that an early Raymond Pettibon drawing with extensive exhibition history will go to auction this October. Untitled (What was, morally speaking, behind her veil?) from 1987 is being sold by the original owner and will trade hands for the first time this fall.
This important work was originally purchased the year it was made from Zero One Gallery in Los Angeles and since then has been included in four solo shows, two of which were traveling exhibitions. Over the past two decades, this work has been shown in major international institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, The Drawing Center, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
April 11, 2013
Raymond Pettibon, the younger brother of guitarist and songwriter for Los Angeles’s legendary punk band, Black Flag, became exposed to a subculture that was current, abrasive, and loud at an early age. He quickly became eager to participate by drawing graphic, comic-inspired imagery to be published in zines, and used for band fliers and album artwork. Among the impressive roster of indie and punk bands that have commissioned the artist, some of his most widely recognized album covers include those for the Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Black Flag, and the Minutemen.
Buy This Drawing (1983), an early work on paper, comes from the collection of Exene Cervenka of the Los Angeles punk band “X”. The image of an unclad female reposed in bed with the words “Love” and “Haight” painted across her thighs shows how wittily Pettibon employs text to accompany what has been illustrated. Read more about this work on paper with excellent provenance to be offered in the May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction.