Tag Archives: Andy Warhol

Just in: Four Richard Pettibone Paintings

Richard Pettibone is an inventive artist who helped establish the conceptual art movement known as “Appropriation”.

While creating Pop-style sculptures with his skills as a miniature enthusiast, Pettibone took on the idea of creating small paintings and sculptures based on the images he saw in art publications such as Art in America.

Artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Johns were already using celebrity photos, comic book illustrations, and the American flag respectively to co-opt or appropriate popular iconography, thus making a statement about what could be used as fine art. Pettibone’s simple appropriation of the other artists’ images was re-enforcing this concept by acknowledging that the paintings themselves had entered pop culture status. (If a soup can was Pop art, a painting of a soup can was Pop art, then a painting of a painting of a soup can was Pop art etc.)

The fact that Pettibone made each small painting exactly the size it was reproduced in the art magazines (sometimes as small as an inch) was a somewhat Duchampian statement of not copying a painting, but copying an image of a painting.

Lot Information:

Richard Pettibone
Roy Lichtenstein. Tex. 1962.
Oil on canvas
Pencil marked verso “#29”
4.5″ x 4.5″
Estimate $40,000 – $60,000
To be offered in May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction 

Richard Pettibone
Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1971
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas with artist frame
Signed and dated on the frame verso “R. Pettibone ’71”
1.75″ x 1.75″ 
Estimate $7,000 – $9,000
To be offered in May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction  

Richard Pettibone
Roy Lichtenstein. Golf Ball. 1962.
Oil on canvas
11 3/8″ x 10 3/8″ 
Estimate $35,000 – $45,000
To be offered in May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction  

Richard Pettibone
Oil on canvas
Signed verso “Richard Pettibone 1966”
6 1/8″ x  7 1/8″ 
Estimate $10,000 – $12,000
To be offered in May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction  

Just In: Andy Warhol Liz

One of Andy Warhol’s first screen prints, Liz is especially important because it marks the beginning of the artist’s fascination with celebrity imagery in his print works. From an edition of approximately 300, this print was created in 1964-65 and was published by Leo Castelli Gallery. This work will be offered in the upcoming May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Andy Warhol
Liz (F/S II 7)
Offset lithograph printed on white paper
Edition of approximately 300
Signed and dated lower right
Publisher: Leo Castelli
Image: 21.75″ x 21.75″
Estimate $25,000 – 35,000

Save the Date for LAMA’s Best Sale Yet

Save the date for the
December 11, 2011 
Important Modern Art & Design Auction,
LAMA’s most impressive sale
since opening in 1992.

Highlights include:

a 1906 Greene & Greene linen cabinet from the Dr. W. T. Bolton House #3

one of two unique George Nelson Marshmallow sofas

John Chamberlain mixed media relief sculpture from 1962

Diamond dust Shoes by Andy Warhol

one of only a handful of Isamu Noguchi Chess tables known to survive


Andy Warhol
Screenprint with diamond dust
From edition of 60
40.25″ x 59.5″
Signed with edition verso
Estimate $70,000 – 90,000

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: June 22nd

The 80’s: Breakin’ Again

Recently we have been seeing a strong interest in works from the 1980s.  I mean, 1980 was over 30 years ago, so it’s only natural that the vintage market would start seriously considering the works as important artistic statements and not simply funny, retro kitsch. Although to be sure, there are some works from the 80’s that are still too young to expect serious contemplation (I am looking at you Leroy Neiman).

In this sale there are some highlights by already world-famous artists that have transcended the 80’s decade. For example, Andy Warhol’s The Marx Brothers (Lot 166), originally created for the suite “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century 1980”.  However, other lesser known artists are fast becoming classic modern staples, for example Robert Longo’s Rick (Lot 33) and Raphael (Lot 34) .  These works are among the most viewed works on our website. When people come in to preview they ask “Are they dancing or dying?”. Whatever the artist’s intent the imagery is iconic and a typical of the strong graphic nature of the 1980s (these works were created in 1994 and 1998, but the series “Men in the Cities” was conceived in 1987).

Tom Holland’s  Platt (Lot 438) is immediately recognizable as the exuberant colorful mid-80’s artwork that was co-opted for album covers, MTV graphics, as well as, for advertising and fashion graphics.  This example is not only exceptionally large, but also exhibits Holland’s typical three dimensionally of brush strokes literally coming off the surface and curving or bending beneath other elements.

Andres Serrano’s Female Bust (Lot 230), is one of the few images from his infamous “Immersions” series where the artist was making statements about classicism and modernism by using iconic classical imagery and submerging them in a tank of urine. With such a shocking concept, the beauty of the finished works are even more startling.

Raymond Pettibon’s  I Want the Girl in the Wig Commercial  (Lot 302) is typical of the artist’s illustrations accompanied by text. While some of his works echo elements of Pop artists of an older generation, Pettibon finds his own distinct vocabulary. His works first came into the public awareness as album cover art of 80’s bands such as Sonic Youth and Black Flag. This early screenprint is from a small edition of 30.

All these works are bold, graphic, and full of references to Pop Culture, but not in an obvious way like the original Pop artists did. As time passes, more and more work from the 80s will be seen as classic and timeless, and will not be an obvious reminder of  the moment, eventually transcending your own ideas of what the 80s were.

Lot Information:

Lot 166
Andy Warhol  
The Marx Brothers (from Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century 1980)
#124 of 200
Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board  Signed and dated lower left
Sheet 40″ x 32″; Frame 40.5″ x 32.5″
Catalogue Raisonne F/S #11.232
Estimate $45,000 – 55,000
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 33
Robert Longo  
Rick (from Men in the Cities)  
HC 13 of 18; aside from the edition of 170
Lithograph on Arches Cover paper  Signed and dated lower right; edition lower left
Sheet 45.875″ x 30″; frame 52″ x 36″
Estimate $5,000 – 8,000
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 34
Robert Longo

Raphael (from Men in the Cities)
#13 of 120
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
Signed and dated lower right; edition lower left
Sheet 45.875″ x 30″; frame 52″ x 36″
Estimate $5,000 – 8,000
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 438
Tom Holland  
Circa 1980
Epoxy on fiberglass
Signature, date and title verso
88″ x 63″ x 4″
Estimate $2,000 – 3,000
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 230
Andres Serrano  
Female Bust (From Immersions)    
#6 of 10
Cibachrome  Signature, title and edition verso
40″ x 30″
Provenance: Stefan Stux Gallery; Private Collection, Los Angeles (Acquired from above on September 14, 1991)
Estimate $20,000 – 25,000
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 302
Raymond Pettibon

I Want the Girl in the Wig Commercial
#18 of 30
Signed lower right; edition lower left
Sheet 22.25″ x 15″; Frame 26″ x 18.75″
Estimate $2,000 – 3,000
June 26, 2011 Modern Art & Design Auction

Just in: Richard Pettibone “Andy Warhol, ‘Jackie,’ 1964”

We are back from break and ready to pull together the last consignments for the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design auction. Even though the office was closed for the holiday, Peter and Shannon did not stop working.

We were welcomed by four pristine Richard Pettibone silkscreens on canvas of Jackie Kennedy, each to be individually offered in the March 6, 2011 auction.  The colors are very remarkably bright and the images are crisp and clean. Each of the works is signed, dated and titled verso.  The four images of Jackie Kennedy show her as both a glamorous icon and a grieving widow, each taken from the original screenprints of Jackie Kennedy by Andy Warhol that he made in 1964.

These miniature versions of Warhol’s “Jackie” (2.75” x 2.5”), which Pettibone created in 1968, are just one of the many appropriated works that Pettibone produced in his career. Pettibone also created pocket-sized versions of works by Lichtenstein, Ruscha, Stella and Duchamp, each meticulously mimicking the original works.

The idea of art as appropriation brings up thought-provoking questions and answers.  If we agree that art has no “built-in objective”, no set guidelines, one can then say, as an artist, one can explore the act of forgery. There is nothing that says an artist must produce original, innovative works. Appropriation brings light to the artist as the author; the artist as the decider.

Michael Duncan writes in Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective (Laguna Art Museum, 2005):   “His {Pettibone} appropriations embody art historical and theoretical points such as the continuum between Dada and Pop, the blurry relationship between photography and painting, and the questionable aspects of art authorship.”

Lot Information

Richard Pettibone
Andy Warhol, “Jackie,” 1964
(Four individual works)
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas with handmade frame
Each signed, titled and dated verso
2.75″ x 2.5″
To be offered in March 6, 2011 Auction
Estimate $15,000 – $18,000 (each)

Market Status: Time to Sell

Now that there is more time to consign (deadline is now August 12th), I asked Peter his thoughts on the current state of the market and recent consignments.

Peter Loughrey: So far the October 2010 Auction will include a large assortment of items in the $1,000 – 1,500 range, which will make for an exciting opportunity to buy.  Although the lower price range is almost full, we can still accept a few pieces in this range.

However, there is a strong market for high-end material in the $5,000 – $25,000 range, which is supported by motivated buyers at the upper end of the market, who have been using art as investment.  Many works of art in this price range are selling for as much or even higher than at the peak of the market in Spring 2008. In our last two auctions items in this price range have realized the strongest auction results in our 18-year history.

In the Los Angeles art market especially, top buyers feel the recession is over and are eager to buy quality works; however there is very little available to satisfy the demand.  If you regret not selling at the peak of the market, now is your second chance, don’t miss out again.

As for recent consignments, the past few days have been exciting for us. Three highlights include:

– Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup screenprint

– David Hockney Swimming Pool lithograph

– Diego Giacometti Table

To take advantage of this market, please contact Peter, peter@lamodern, to submit images and/or descriptions of the material you wish to consign.

For further reading on the shift in the art market, check out this article by Kelly Crow from The Wall Street Journal, published August 4th.

Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: May 21st

As our interest in Fine Art broadens, it is necessary for us to include a wider variety of images.  In our previous auctions I have included brightly colored mostly abstract or geometric works.  But there is a dark brooding side to modernism that deals with conflict or impending conflict.  Also, modern and contemporary artists have a long history of addressing the age old subject of eroticism.

The most obvious images in this auction that deal with impending death or doom are the Richard Bosman falling Mountaineer (Lot 276), Anna Katherine Skeele War Dance (Lot 298), and Larry Clark’s haunting images from his Tulsa series (Lots 146 and 147).

Lot 276 Richard Bosman, Mountaineer, 1986, Oil on canvas, Estimate $5,000 - 7,000

Lot 298 Anna Katherine Skeele, War Dance, circa 1945, Oil on canvas with artist's frame, Estimate $3,000 - 5,000

Lot 146 Larry Clark, Untitled (From Tulsa), 1971, Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

Lot 147 Larry Clark, Untitled (From Tulsa), 1971, Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

However, Warhol’s Electric Chairs series (Lot 360) and Richard Avedon’s image of Warhol’s scars from his gun-shot wounds (Lot 144) are equally suggestive of the certainty of death.  It is ironic that Warhol is able to make an image of the electric chair beautiful and bright, almost inviting.

Lot 360 Andy Warhol, Electric Chairs (suite of 10), 1971, Screenprints in colors, Estimate $150,000 - 200,000

Lot 144 Richard Avedon, Warhol, 1971, Estimate $3,000 - 5,000

One of my personal favorite pieces in this auction is John Baldessari’s “Jacob’s Ladder: Love (Yellow, Red Blue, and Black and White); War (Orange, Violet, Green and Black and White)”, Lot 143, with the front and the back images revealing the opposing human emotions of anger and affection.

Lot 143 John Baldessari, Jacob's Ladder, 2004, Estimate $6,000 - 7,000

Just in: Suite of Ten Electric Chairs by Andy Warhol, 1971

On the last day of photography some large crates came in for the auction. One particular crate housed a suite of ten Electric Chairs by Andy Warhol. This portfolio of ten screenprints on paper is from an edition of 250 signed and dated ’71 in ink and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso.  Peter is particularly excited about this suite because it is very fresh and clean. This suite is to be offered in the May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction and is estimated at $150,000 – 200,000.

11.81: Electric Chairs 1971 by Andy Warhol, From a portfolio of ten screenprints on paper

LAMA is offering additional works by Andy Warhol:  “Van Heusen ‘Ronald Reagan'” 1985, “Jane Fonda” 1982, “Edward Kennedy” 1980, and “Kimiko” 1981.

LAMA in the Denver Post

Yesterday we were featured in the Home and Design news briefs column in the Denver Post. Check out the article here:


Andy Warhol, "Jane Fonda", 1982, Estimate $15,000 - 20,000