May 18, 2014

MODERN ART & DESIGN AUCTION

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Lot 317: John Smith

Lot 317: John Smith

Untitled

c. 1960s
Hand-woven wall hanging
Initials woven
31.75" x 54"
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $2,000
Inventory Id: 12317

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Throughout the mid-century in Los Angeles, textile artists produced vibrant tapestries and mosaics to accent California homes and businesses. Evelyn and Jerry Ackerman and Millard Sheets figure as the most prominent of these artists, but the robust craft movement of the era featured many other talented individuals, including the Los Angeles artist John Smith. Known for his tapestries and mosaics, Smith's designs were featured in the California Design exhibitions at the Pasadena Art Museum as well as the interiors of several buildings by Welton Becket, the Los Angeles architect responsible for the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood. Smith's tapestries are bright narratives designed to complement the warm interiors of mid-century Southern California. Alluding to an ancient era, Untitled (Woman) features an angular sun and geometric lines similar to the scene depicted in Warriors from the 1962 exhibition "California Design/Eight."

California Design/Eight. Exhibition Catalogue. Pasadena: Pasadena Art Museum, 1962. Print.

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