Sam Francis

Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

March 9, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Sometimes, during the fast-paced excitement of our auctions, a handful of outstanding pieces get unjustly overlooked. Here I would like to highlight four such works – created by some of this country’s leading artists and designers – before they get snapped up. These lots are now for sale at a set price, so no bidding is required.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Pure Color

February 28, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Today I want to draw attention to a group of works currently being offered in the March 5, 2017 auction that embody the notion of pure color. This includes paintings by artists like Alma Thomas, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Karl Benjamin, and Sam Francis, all of which employ eye-catching, vibrant hues to create a range of completely different compositions.

Just in: A Vibrant Sam Francis Painting

December 8, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce the auction of a painting by one of the leading figures of post-war American art, Sam Francis (1923–1994). This work will be available in our March 5, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Sam Francis, A Private Collection

September 19, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce an important collection of five works by leading abstract painter Sam Francis, which will go to auction on October 9, 2016. These remarkable works on paper belonged to one of the artist’s closest confidants. With an outstanding provenance and exhibition history, this is an extraordinary opportunity to collect some of Francis’s best pieces.

Sam Gilliam: Beyond the Canvas

February 5, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The upcoming February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction features the acrylic painting Live by the pioneering multimedia painter Sam Gilliam. Gilliam was a pivotal player in the Washington School Movement of the 1950s and 60s, and made considerable contributions to the Color Field Movement. In 1968, Sam Gilliam was the first recognized artist to stop using canvas stretchers as a means of reinforcement in favor of the solitary, painted, raw surface. In the 1970s, Gilliam was determined to work with beveled canvas stretchers to facilitate the idea of the painting as a dimensional object, resulting in the vibrant work, Live from 1972.

Post-Auction Picks from the October 13, 2013 Auction

October 17, 2013

Today, Peter and Dan combine forces to spotlight several amazing lots from last Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction that are still available for purchase — all at amazing prices. These iconic works of art and design, from a beautiful Knoll lounge suite, to a masterpiece by Larry Rivers and a Sam Francis work on paper, span an incredibly diverse price range, and are sure to satisfy a variety of buyers.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Exploring the Artist’s Hand

May 14, 2013

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Exploring the Artist’s Hand

“The artist’s hand…” You may have heard art historians use that term to convey how a master leaves very specific and telltale signs of his or her authorship with every muse-kissed scratch, scrawl, and dab. An expert can spot an unsigned Picasso as genuine merely by identifying Picasso’s one-of-a-kind handling of every medium he ever tackled.

Sunday’s fast approaching auction boasts an intriguing group of works that take the phrase “the artist’s hand” even more literally – for in each of the following lots the artist works his own appendage into the composition. There’s something deeply personal when an artist gives his hand, his unaccredited collaborator if you will, a cameo.

Sam Francis in California

May 1, 2013

The upcoming May 19, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction presents the opportunity to acquire distinctly vibrant Sam Francis works on paper from California collectors. The Pasadena Museum of California Art will be hosting the upcoming exhibition “Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections” opening August 11, 2013 featuring a selection of paintings and unique works on paper. We highly recommend that you come view the exhibition, and to stop by our preview which opens on May 6, 2013 to see the two Sam Francis pieces in-person, in addition to works by his contemporaries.