January 5, 2017
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is delighted to announce the sale of a rare lithograph by leading American artist Ed Ruscha, which will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. Ruscha’s word paintings and prints are among his most significant and recognizable bodies of work. In this lithograph from 1975, the words “There’s No Job Too Small” are printed in the artist’s characteristic style, using all caps, perfect alignment and even spacing.
December 13, 2016
Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to present a painting by Ed Ruscha, one of the most critically acclaimed artists working today, in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction. This acrylic on linen painting was created in 1994 and depicts a rooster’s silhouette, captured in profile, which takes up most of the picture plane. The rooster is a recurring motif in Ruscha’s work and has been featured in his paintings and prints since the 1970s.
October 12, 2016
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is delighted by the success of the October 9 Modern Art & Design Auction. The auction was defined by a number of outstanding moments. With an estimate of $150,000 – 200,000, Lot 137 Ed Ruscha’s “Canyon Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon” far exceeded expectations, selling for $468,750. Most significantly, perhaps, LAMA set a new world auction record for a work by Bay area artist Jay DeFeo. Lot 227 Apex, an oil painting made in 1987, was estimated at $80,000-120,000 and went on to realize a phenomenal $281,250 on the day. Total auction sales for the Modern Art & Design Auction totaled $3.9 million, selling 94% of the 431 lots by value.
October 6, 2016
Ed Ruscha’s painting, photography, prints, and books are among the most iconic art works of the 20th century. A transplant to Los Angeles, he moved to the city in 1956 and soon became one of the city’s most adept chroniclers. Ruscha’s training in commercial art is evident in the two unique paintings offered by LAMA on October 9, which employ everyday subject matter and neatly set typography. For Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, the painting in particular has a unique association: “Ruscha’s painting ‘Crescent Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon’ has a special resonance for me because I myself lived at the corner of Laurel Canyon and Crescent Heights for seven years and ran LAMA from that apartment. There’s a little red dot in the word Laurel Canyon and that’s exactly where my building was! It is especially exciting to present a piece with such a connection to Los Angeles.”