LAMA Director of Modern Design and Fine Art Peter Loughrey sums up the best of the May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction underdogs – “For one reason or another, there are sometimes pieces offered in our sales that, as they say in the movie business, don’t find their audience. Here are several that I believe deserve a second look.” Peter’s Post-Auction Picks include works by Norman Bluhm, Hans Wegner, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Richard Neutra, and Robert Sonneman.
On October 11, 2015, Los Angeles Modern Auctions will offer a striking architectural drawing of the Linn Residence (Los Angeles, 1961) by the groundbreaking modernist Richard Neutra. The house in the Hollywood Hills is a classic example of the architect’s “post and beam boxcars” style of architecture–mating dual long, rectilinear volumes, which Neutra developed during the 1950s and 1960s. The drawing, with its rolling clouds and swath of blue sky, captures the majestic sweep of the place. Vibrant and affecting renderings, like this drawing with watercolor, are a fast-growing segment of the collecting market for modern design. Peter Loughrey, LAMA Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, notes that beyond their value and allure as artifacts, architectural drawings are an excellent choice for collectors because “though you might never own or live in a Neutra house, this could be the next best thing.”
Of the many pieces of furniture Richard Neutra designed for his modernist homes, the Camel table stands, kneels, and sits alone as one of the most functional and attractive. The upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features a custom designed Camel table for the residence of Dorothy Serulnic in 1955, a secretary who worked for Richard Neutra at the VDL Research residence.
Upon America’s entrance into Word War II in 1941, the country focused on wartime production to supply armaments and vehicles for campaigns in Western Europe and the Pacific. In order to house the thousands of workers building ships in the San Pedro Harbor, architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970) […]
April 8th, 9th and 10th will see a celebration of the Neutra Architectural firm’s 85th year in practice, and also Richard Neutra’s 119th birthday, which is Friday, April 8th. The City plans a ‘Neutra Practice 85th Anniversary Weekend in L.A’ for April 8-10, 2011. The Neutra Institute is projecting the three-day celebration to start with […]