May 21, 2018
Working in California during the mid-1960s, Vija Celmins’ began to depart from the Abstract Expressionist style that marked her early paintings and shifted her focus to still life paintings and drawings. These explorations eventually led to her use of found photographs as source materials. LAMA is pleased to announce ‘Untitled (Fish)’ to headline the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design auction. LOTS NOW ONLINE.
March 30, 2018
In honor of National Women’s History Month, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) spotlights five stellar women artists whose potent work and individual practices celebrate womanhood and female autonomy, call into question responses to gender parity, and transcend traditional conceptions of gender identity to address broader issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and tolerance for all humans.
March 9, 2018
During the mid-1960s, Latvian-American visual artist Vija Celmins began to move away from the Abstract Expressionist style that marked her early excursions into painting, and for a brief period focused on still life paintings and drawings, utilizing objects found close to hand in her studio space in order to sharpen her powers of perception. Works such as her 1963 ‘Untitled (Fish),’ which Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is thrilled to have the opportunity to include in our upcoming auction, are notably absent of direct human presence, though traces of human intervention and its consequences are never too far from the surface.
May 18, 2017
Every auction has its trends. Of late, I have noticed that a great deal of material from the 1980s has begun to surface on the resale market. This is reflected in our upcoming auction, which includes key works by figures such as Vija Celmins, Mike Bidlo, Howard Ben Tré, Raymond Pettibon, Jonathan Borofsky, Laddie John Dill, Larry Bell, and Ronald Davis, among many others.
October 13, 2016
Sometimes an exceptional piece slips through the cracks at auction. Usually this is because the auction is of such quality that even very special pieces can end up getting overlooked. I have picked out six examples from Sunday’s Modern Art & Design Auction, on October 9, which deserve closer consideration. These exceptional pieces could have sold at any other LAMA auction and if they show up once more, they will likely get more attention. These pieces are now available at a set price from LAMA and can be purchased outright, no bidding required. Here are my top fine art and design post-auction picks which are still available for sale:
February 25, 2014
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) achieved the highest sale total in company history, realizing $5.12 million including commissions, with a sell-through rate of 86% of the 386 lots offered in the February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design auction. A Ruth Asawa hanging sculpture soared to $1.43 million, marking a new record for the highest price ever achieved for a single lot in the company’s 22-year history and effectively tying the world auction record for the artist.
February 22, 2014
The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will begin tomorrow at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time). Here are some helpful tips to prepare you for Sunday’s big event.
February 13, 2014
The February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will feature a rare and important Vija Celmins painting from 1964, Untitled (Ham Hock), being sold by the original owner. To commemorate this masterpiece of representational painting, arts writer Jori Finkel offers further insight into this early period in Celmins’ career.