April 7, 2020
Four Cakes (from Recent Etchings I) (1979), which we are proud to present in our upcoming 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, not only depicts Wayne Thiebaud’s most recognizable iconography, but demonstrates his commitment to rigorous experimentation. This work stands as a quintessential model of Thiebaud’s most critical artistic inquiries, both in its content and its form.
March 12, 2020
Though California has birthed an incalculable list of monumental artists, some might argue that it has been the Golden State “transplants” who, in choosing to place their fingers on the pulse of the region’s s character, have most keenly materialized its identity. The Latvian-born painter and playwright Raimonds Staprans (b. 1926) is a sterling example of this phenomenon, and we are pleased to offer two of his works, A Study of the Shiny Paint Can (1994) and Clearwater #2 (1994), in our upcoming Spring 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction.
May 4, 2017
Celebrated American artist Wayne Thiebaud is best known for his pastel-hued paintings of confections and popular novelties, from cakes and ice cream sundaes to lipsticks and shoes. ‘Seclusion (1959) is a rare and distinguished color screenprint that contains the visual seed for Thiebaud’s future work. The artist continued to produce landscapes of places familiar to him throughout his career, from San Francisco cityscapes to views of Sacramento.
May 8, 2013
While his work shares many similarities with his Bay Area contemporaries Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Wonner, and Richard Park, Raimonds Staprans focused on still lifes and distorted landscapes with color and light at the forefront. According to poet and curator, John Yau, Staprans’ work achieves a distinct “emotional tenor” unlike Diebenkorn’s: “His landscapes are like tectonic plates. One senses that their alignment is precarious, and that everything could shift suddenly and violently in the blink of an eye.” Read more about three paintings by Raimonds Staprans to go up for auction on May 19th.
October 16, 2010
Ode to a Sunny Day After examining a few works for condition report requests today, I noticed that there are four works of art in the auction which left me longing for a relaxing day at the beach. Alas, I have been cooped up in a nondescript warehouse in The Valley for days in preparation […]