Many of Cornell’s works, such as ‘Untitled (Sandbox)’ from c. 1960, which will be offered in LAMA’s February 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction, were designed with the intention of being experienced by direct handling. This interaction was meant to produce variations on the vignettes that an individual assemblage had the potential to create.
LAMA is immensely pleased to offer Isamu Noguchi’s exceptional and rare Chess Table—first designed for “The Imagery of Chess,” a 1944 exhibit at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York organized by Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst. Peter Loughrey discusses this seminal exhibit and Noguchi’s contribution to it: “The table is not only a seminal work in the development of organic modernism…it also embodies a perfect union of art and design, being, as it is, sculptural and functional at once.”
A self-described “abstract surrealist,” the painter, collagist, and teacher Emerson Woelffer was in many ways the very ideal of a postwar American artist. His distinctive style of Abstract Expressionism was inflected by his many and varied interests and experiences. Certainly one of Woelffer’s most enduring legacies is the inspiration he gave his students. When Woelffer came to Los Angeles in the 1960s he became a mentor to an impressive roster of devoted students at the Chouinard Institute that included Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and Charles Arnoldi. His work was shaped, too, by his move to Southern California, which prompted a discernable shift to bolder, brighter colors in his paintings.