Vija Celmins object painting

Just In: Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ham Hock), 1964

November 12, 2013

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that Vija Celmins’ Untitled (Ham Hock), one of only four such works from 1964 to ever be offered at auction, will lead the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction.

In May 2013, LAMA broke the world auction record for any work on canvas by the artist with Untitled (Knife and Dish) from the same formative year, selling for $587,500. As a result, Untitled (Ham Hock) surfaced in Los Angeles and will be sold by the original owner this spring. To commemorate this rare event, arts writer Jori Finkel will write a special essay to accompany the work in the auction catalogue.

Just In: Never Before Seen Vija Celmins Painting from 1964

January 30, 2013

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce the recent discovery of a Vija Celmins oil on canvas, Untitled (Knife and Dish) , from 1964. This formative work is being sold by the original owners and will be offered for the first time on May 19, 2013 in LAMA’s Modern Art & Design Auction.

Few other works are publicly known to exist from this short-lived, transitional period in 1964, the beginning of her contemporary art career. Similar works from this time are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.