February 21, 2018
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.
March 4, 2016
We like to think of LAMA’s February auctions as bellwethers for the auction season ahead. LAMA’s February auction was the most successful in company history, realizing $5.3 million and setting five world auction records. On the heels of this success, Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, shares his perspective on the current state of the market and offers his advice on what to sell now at LAMA.
February 2, 2016
By “monumentalizing the mundane,” as one critic put it, Kaz Oshiro has drawn comparisons to Andy Warhol and other Pop artists with his uncannily realistic sculptural representations of everyday objects. Oshiro finishes his pieces with scuffs, scratches, and scrapes—“abstract marks,” he calls them—that suggest the object has lived through years of use. He employs the materials of painting including canvas, acrylics, wooden boards, and framing, to create sculptural objects such as the three archetypal works in this sale: Trash Bin #9 (Pink/White), Bumper #3, and Microwave Oven #4.
September 21, 2015
“I only copy what I love.” In a career spanning more than 50 years, Richard Pettibone has created one of the most compelling and intriguing bodies of work in contemporary American art. A pioneer of appropriation–the reuse, adaptation, or reproduction of existing images and forms–Pettibone began in the early 1960s to paint miniature copies of modernist masterworks by artists such as Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. His engaging work prompts both celebration and controversy, and raises questions about the nature of originality, and the relationship between art and the viewer. Pettibone’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
In August 2015 Los Angeles Modern Auctions spoke with the New York-based artist about thoughts and influences that informed the six key paintings on offer in the October 11 Modern Art & Design Auction.
October 10, 2014
A bird’s eye view of the showroom reveals an impressive variety of colors, materials, and genres in the 533 lots on offer at this Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction. One shade, namely, that variously seductive, alarming, conspicuous hue of red, stands out amidst the crowd, and that is the topic of Peter’s Picks for today. For the October 12, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA will be presenting work with the bold inclusion of the color red from esteemed, canonical artists such as Jeff Koons, John Altoon, Richard Pettibone, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Sam Gilliam, Matt Mullican, and Eero Saarinen.
February 22, 2012
Richard Pettibone is an inventive artist who helped establish the conceptual art movement known as “Appropriation”. While creating Pop-style sculptures with his skills as a miniature enthusiast, Pettibone took on the idea of creating small paintings and sculptures based on the images he saw in art publications such as Art in America. Artists like Warhol, […]
January 4, 2011
We are back from break and ready to pull together the last consignments for the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design auction. Even though the office was closed for the holiday, Peter and Shannon did not stop working. We were welcomed by four pristine Richard Pettibone silkscreens on canvas of Jackie Kennedy, each to be individually […]