February 14, 2019
Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Words in Art
A surge in linguistic philosophy that explored the ways in which languages affect their broader cultural systems led to the proliferation of text-heavy throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Many modern and conceptual artists began performing practical analyses of those effects by representing the intersections of text and visual languages in their works. Continue reading for Peter’s Pick of the Day.
November 8, 2017
Ruscha produced his first Standard Station screenprint in 1966. It was followed in 1969 by variations on the same theme, such as ‘Cheese Mold Standard with Olive’ (1969) which will be offered in our Winter 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. This work presents a similar scene of an anonymous filling stations rendered in an unlikely palette and presented in dramatic perspective.
October 17, 2017
Los Angeles wasn’t always the art hub that it is today and if it weren’t for a clutch of tenacious artists working from the 1960s on, today’s art scene may never have come to fruition.
June 19, 2017
LAMA is delighted to present an iconic print by Ed Ruscha, which will be available in our Fall 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction, which is LAMA’s 25th Anniversary Auction. Among Ruscha’s most iconic, and recognizable, bodies of work are his word prints and paintings. ‘Made in California’ (1971) is a particularly exceptional example, epitomizing the artist’s role as a chronicler of West Coast culture.
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.
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 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.”