Surrealism

Artist Spotlight: John Ferren

September 20, 2018

John Ferren quickly established himself as leading voice amongst New York Abstract Expressionists. In 1955 he served as president of The Club, an organization comprised of some of the leading Abstract Expressionist artists of the day. Disregarding the restraints of post-war painting’s common stylistic adherence, Ferren’s works remained “eclectic and wide ranging.” LAMA will be offering six works by Ferren in the September 30, 2018 Modern Art and Design Auction including “Source Fiesta” (1949), “Untitled” (1960), and his collection of four drawings which all provide a small sample of the vast diversity in Ferren’s repertoire.

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Isamu Noguchi Chess Table

May 18, 2016

Lot 184, Isamu Noguchi, Chess Table, 1944-1947

LAMA is immensely pleased to offer Isamu Noguchi’s exceptional and rare Chess Table—first designed for “The Imagery of Chess,” a 1944 exhibit at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York organized by Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst. Peter Loughrey discusses this seminal exhibit and Noguchi’s contribution to it: “The table is not only a seminal work in the development of organic modernism…it also embodies a perfect union of art and design, being, as it is, sculptural and functional at once.”

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Surrealist Sculpture

December 11, 2012

Many people are not aware that there are unique, hand-made sculptures that were made on a very intimate scale by Surrealist sculptors, such as Alexander Calder and Jean Arp. Today my pick includes two brooches by Calder and Arp, each gifts from the artists themselves, and both being offered on the market for the first time.

Just In: Man Ray Lampshade

November 9, 2012

Surrealists conjured life out of everyday objects, and Man Ray believed that “the idea was always more important than the actual work.” Arising from a mishap in 1920, Man Ray demonstrated this belief with an ordinary piece of metal. Read more about Man Ray’s biomorphic Lampshade (Abat-Jour) and how it came to life.

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