Ruth Asawa

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Ruth Asawa

June 5, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), June 10, 2018 Modern Art Design Auction

A native Californian, pioneering artist Ruth Asawa (1926 – 2013) began creating art while detained in Japanese-American internment camps. Born to Japanese immigrants in Norwalk, California, Asawa was no stranger to hard work and the large body of sculptures, public installations, and drawings that she created over the course of her career are testament to her work ethic. LAMA is pleased to offer an Asawa sculpture in the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction.

National Women’s Month: Women Artists Spotlighted

March 30, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

In honor of National Women’s History Month, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) spotlights five stellar women artists whose potent work and individual practices celebrate womanhood and female autonomy, call into question responses to gender parity, and transcend traditional conceptions of gender identity to address broader issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and tolerance for all humans.

Floating Bohemia: Gordon Onslow Ford and the S. S. Vallejo

April 21, 2016

Lot 154, Gordon Onslow Ford, In Vironment (2002)

Though best known as the last and youngest member of the Surrealist group that convened in Paris in the 1930s, Gordon Onslow Ford was no stranger to the Bay Area vanguard, either. Between 1947 and 1959, Onslow Ford made his studio aboard the S.S. Vallejo, a decommissioned ferry docked in Sausalito, which he shared with the Greek collagist and poet Jean Varda. Together the two made the vessel a salon of sorts—a floating clubhouse for an astonishingly diverse group of artists and writers, from Beat poets to members of the Bay Area Figurative movement.

Record-Breaking Auctions Continue at LAMA; Asawa Sculpture Soars to $1.43 million

February 25, 2014

February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction, LAMA Showroom, Peter Loughrey Auctioneer. Photo credit: Noe Montes

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) achieved the highest sale total in company history, realizing $5.12 million including commissions, with a sell-through rate of 86% of the 386 lots offered in the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design auction. A Ruth Asawa hanging sculpture soared to $1.43 million, marking a new record for the highest price ever achieved for a single lot in the company’s 22-year history and effectively tying the world auction record for the artist.

Getting Ready for the February 23, 2014 Auction

February 22, 2014


The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Ruth Asawa Complex Hanging Sculpture

February 17, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features one of the most impressive sculptures to ever come through the LAMA showroom. Ruth Asawa’s seven-lobed hanging sculpture, Untitled S.437 (1956), is a beautiful example of the artist’s dedication to her craft and pioneering experiments in wire sculpture. Not only is this a custom, unique design, but it was born from a mutual bond between two sensitive artists.

Just In: Ruth Asawa Complex Hanging Sculpture

November 19, 2013

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that a Ruth Asawa multilobed hanging sculpture from c. 1956, Untitled S.437 (Hanging, Seven-Lobed, Two-Part Continuous Form within a Form with Two Small Spheres), will go to auction on February 23, 2014. Estimated at $300,000 – 500,000, this complex hanging work, measuring nearly 9 feet, will be offered on the market for the first time since it was commissioned in mid-1950s.

Remembering Ruth Asawa

August 7, 2013

As we remember San Francisco sculptor, Ruth Asawa, who passed away on Tuesday night, we will celebrate her creative genius, her strong will, and her beautifully intricate wire forms.