Just In: A Charles Arnoldi Stick Painting

September 2, 2020

Charles Arnoldi has been a visual problem solver for nearly five decades. As a student at the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1960s, he absorbed the notion that painting’s time had passed and subsequently struggled to land on a painting technique that could encapsulate his creative vision. It was a post-wildfire Malibu fruit-foraging expedition that unexpectedly delivered his next material: sticks.

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Peter’s Picks: Women Sculptors

February 11, 2020

Among the many female artists represented in our February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, four stand out for their particular visions of representation and the fabrication of the art object.

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Just In: Jennifer Bartlett

November 1, 2018

Perhaps best known for her monumental work “Rhapsody” (1975-1976), Jennifer Bartlett has explored the foundations of the painting medium for over forty years. As a young artist, Bartlett was impressed by Sol LeWitt’s 1967 essay “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art,” and became fascinated with artistic applications of Chaos Theory. Despite being one of the most commercially successful female artists of the 1970s, Bartlett has long been overlooked. LAMA is pleased to be offering to the public for auction this important work by Bartlett in the November 18, 2018 Auction from the Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian.

Artist Spotlight: Enzo Plazzotta

September 18, 2018

Italian sculptor Enzo Plazzotta attended the Accademia di Brera in Milan in the late 1930s. With the guidance of Francesco Messina and Giacomo Manzù, Plazzotta began investigating the power of movement and the human body through traditional bronze casting techniques. Throughout his career, Plazzotta remained committed to classical form and emulated Beaux-Arts figuration. LAMA is pleased to offer “Jilly Relaxing” in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction.

Artist Spotlight: Karl Wirsum

September 17, 2018

In 1964, Wirsum joined the group of representational artists who would come to be known as the Hairy Who. Along with the other factions within the Chicago Imagist movement, the Hairy Who rejected “the detached cool of New York” and championed personal representations of eclectic popular culture. Wirsum’s disciplined study of his craft has produced an artistic vocabulary that is truly powerful.  As Wirsum describes it, he provides all the necessary “cues for potential narratives that could be extended by the viewers themselves.” “Tonto Disguised as the Lone Ranger,” included in LAMA’s September 30,  2018 auction, hints at a postmodern sensibility without making any overt political statement.

Just In: Ken Price’s ‘Groota’

August 16, 2018

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Ken Price, “Groota”, 1985
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Ken Price’s career-long investigation of the relationship between interiority and exteriority becomes particularly acute in works like “Groota” (1985), which LAMA is pleased to include in our upcoming September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. The tensions between art and craft, interior and exterior, are perfectly articulated in the series of two-piece clay sculptures that Price began working on in the mid-1980s.

Peter’s Post-Auction Picks

February 28, 2018

Peter Loughrey, LAMA’s Director of Modern Design & Fine Art, has selected six superb pieces that deserve another look post-auction. These stellar works are likely to disappear from the market after this week, so strike while the iron is hot. No bidding is required. Each of the following pieces are available for acquisition at a fixed price.

Getting Ready for the February 25, 2018 Auction!

February 24, 2018

Get ready to bid!!! Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for the February 25, 2018 auction.