How to Bid & FAQ: October 18, 2020 Modern Art & Design LIVE Auction

October 5, 2020

Helpful instructions and FAQ for the October 18, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, which will take place with no live audience.

Read more.

Spotlight: American Studio Furniture

October 16, 2020

As technology and machine-based manufacturing continue to blur disciplinary boundaries within furniture design, the aura of authentic craftsmanship only grows brighter. Merging the warmth of the human touch with impeccable and often ingenious design, American studio furniture invites us to nurture our relationship to both the material world and daily life. Among the 20th century stalwarts of the field are Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wendell Castle, Victor DiNovi, and Sam Maloof, each represented in our October 18, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction by exquisite works of handmade furniture.

Read more.

Specialist Selects: Precious Metals

October 15, 2020

n the hands of certain artists, the possibilities of metal expand far beyond the familiar forms of traditional sculpture and artisanry. Several works in the October 18, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction showcase innovative ways of connecting with shape, surface, and light through creative metallurgy — like modern-day alchemists, these artists transform basic elements into potent works of art.

Read more.

Artist Spotlight: Terry Winters

October 15, 2020

Hybrids to their core, the abstract paintings of Terry Winters (b. 1949) emerge from a deliberately cultivated blend of spontaneity and structure. For Winters, the connection between process and picture-making is constantly evolving, and his interdisciplinary interests have yielded such defining works as the 1997 work on paper Logical Cube…

Read more.

Artist Spotlight: Alexander Calder

October 14, 2020

Nautilus and Sea Flower is exemplary of Calder’s seamless adaptation of his sculptures’ bold geometry, sense of motion, and overall joie de vivre to an alternate medium. A synthesis of geometric forms, the spirals and arabesques dance across space…

Read more.

Artist Spotlight: John Baldessari

October 13, 2020

After roughly a decade of painting in various styles, John Baldessari Baldessari began to shift his focus by “questioning the authorial notion of what an artwork could be.” This line of inquiry culminated with the artist’s infamous 1970 Cremation Project, in which Baldessari and friends burned the more than 100 paintings created between 1953 and 1966 that had not sold and were still in his possession. Some canvases however, White X Sign among them, were not reduced to ash and baked into cookies.

Read more.

Artist Spotlight: Jean-Michel Basquiat

October 12, 2020

One of the most influential American artists of the latter part of the twentieth century, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) never favored a single medium to channel his explosive and irresistible interpretations of reality. Between 1980 and the artist’s death in 1988, it is estimated that he created 850 to 1,000 works on paper; exceptional among these is Untitled (1987), distinguished in provenance, content, and the fact that it is signed and dated…

Read more.

Just In: Mary Corse’s Microspheres

September 24, 2020

After first creating sculptural works of Plexiglas and fluorescent light bulbs, Light and Space artist Mary Corse pivoted to painting in 1968. Her “light paintings” incorporate tiny glass beads — “microspheres” — onto acrylic surfaces, as in this untitled 2001 work just arrived to the LAMA showroom.

Read more.