Artist Spotlight: Vasa

February 10, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Born in the former Yugoslavia, long-time Los Angeles-based artist Vasa arrived in the United States just in time to help significantly shape what would become known as the Light and Space movement, which found its nascence in 1960s California. “I came to the United States because of Abstract Expressionism,” he notes in a recent monograph. “Instead, I found Minimalism, and more.”  That “more” would lead to a long career focused on an elaborate investigation into the phenomenology of light, optics, color, volume, scale, and, ultimately, perception.

May 17 Auction Recap: Three World Records!

May 20, 2015

Lot 167 Alexander Calder Quatre Blancs 1976

The house was buzzing at the May 17 auction when Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) realized prices identical to New York auction house results for similar works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. The top lot was an impressive standing mobile by Alexander Calder that brought $826,250. Additionally, LAMA broke three world auction records for California artists (previously set by LAMA), proving it is the maker of markets as made evident with total auction sales for Sunday’s auction realizing $3 million, selling 119% of the 310 lots by value.

“We are continuing to show the marketplace that sellers no longer have to ship their modern art to New York to get the highest price,” states Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA. “Whether it’s $1,000 or $1,000,000, sellers can get the same price in Los Angeles.”

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: March 1st

March 2, 2011

Hard Edge Redux Vasa Mihich has somehow always eluded me as to his proper place in the spectrum of California Art.  I think that because he is Yugoslavian this fact made it difficult for me to include him with the other post-war artists working in California. In this sale, however, there is a piece that […]

Just In: Vasa Painted Construction

December 9, 2010

“Crimson, Yellow and Green” (Tower) by Vasa Mihich, more commonly known as Vasa, is according to the artist the first piece he ever sold, which was quite meaningful to the artist as he said, “When I sold this piece it meant that I could eat.” After immigrating to the United States in 1960, ultimately moving to Los […]