Ed Ruscha’s painting, photography, prints, and books are among the most iconic art works of the 20th century. A transplant to Los Angeles, he moved to the city in 1956 and soon became one of the city’s most adept chroniclers. Ruscha’s training in commercial art is evident in the two unique paintings offered by LAMA on October 9, which employ everyday subject matter and neatly set typography. For Peter Loughrey, director of LAMA, the painting in particular has a unique association: “Ruscha’s painting ‘Crescent Heights Becomes Laurel Canyon’ has a special resonance for me because I myself lived at the corner of Laurel Canyon and Crescent Heights for seven years and ran LAMA from that apartment. There’s a little red dot in the word Laurel Canyon and that’s exactly where my building was! It is especially exciting to present a piece with such a connection to Los Angeles.”
Venice Beach Art
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce the auction of a selection of works by celebrated artist Ed Moses (b.) on October 9, 2016. Moses famously exhibited at the legendary Ferus Gallery in 1957 alongside contemporaries such as Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin and Ed Ruscha. One of the most innovative post-war artists in America, Moses is best known for his experimental approach to painting, which focuses on process and materials. Including two paintings and three works on paper, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire some signature pieces by this iconic figure of 20th century art. Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art at LAMA, speaks with the artist about his retrospective at MOCA in the 1990s, his inspirations, and his “secret sauce.”
Throughout his forty-year career, legendary Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi (b. 1946) has been synonymous with the artistic scene of Venice Beach. Arnoldi’s distinctive work blurs the boundaries between sculpture and painting, containing echoes both of architecture and the natural world. LAMA is pleased to announce a a meticulously crafted 1985 painting by Arnoldi that goes to auction on October 9th. Imposing geometric order on irregular material, Billion 1 achieves a harmonious and symmetrical balance. The artist recently spoke with Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art to discuss his work.