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May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction

Save the date for the upcoming May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction!

This auction will include
Modern Fine Art by top-tier 20th
century artists such as:

Andy Warhol
David Hockney
Tom Wesselmann
Robert Rauschenberg
Diane Arbus
Ed Ruscha
Saul Steinberg
Karel Appel
William Wegman
Louise Nevelson
Claes Oldenburg
John Baldessari 

As Los Angeles’ premier auction house for both Modern Art and Design, this auction will also feature a selection of iconic works by California artists, designers, and craftspeople. Due to the attention generated by Pacific Standard Time, important works by California artists have recently surfaced on the market. California highlights include a R.M. Schindler custom desk designed for the Armon House from 1946, a pair of Greta Grossman “Cobra” lamps, and a Richard Neutra prototype table lamp from the family’s collection for sale for the first time.

Peter Loughrey, Director of LAMA:
“People are looking for alternative investments.  At LAMA we offer the satisfaction of owning a beautiful piece of art or design with the investment potential as added value. A buyer of any means will find fresh, original material by important modern and contemporary artists at our auctions.”

The May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction will be held at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12 p.m. (PST).
Auction Preview: April 28th – May 5th; open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Consignments currently accepted through February 17, 2012

David Hockney
John St. Clair Swimming
1972
 c-type print from edition of 80
Estimate $2,500 – 3,500
 To be offered in May 6, 2012 Modern Art & Design Auction

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Just in: David Hockney Swimming Pool

Quintessential California Modern artist David Hockney depicted his infatuation with Southern California by capturing the coolness of its unique landscape and culture.  The pool naturally emerged as the subject of many of his paintings as it epitomized Los Angeles’ leisure lifestyle.  In his biography Hockney expressed his fascination with painting water and finding various mediums to portray it.  His subsequent mediums thus included watercolor, pen and ink and Polaroid photo collages. He stated his method of illustrating water was inspired by Jean Dubuffet’s abstract, textured paintings and Bernard Cohen’s Technicolor spaghetti pictures.  In 1964 the British-born Hockney moved to Los Angeles and painted his first swimming pool in the February 1964 painting California Art Collector. The fabricated setting of this painting was a result of many inspirations, except for the swimming pool, which came from a swimming pool advertisement in the Los Angeles Times.  In the aptly named 1980 lithograph, “Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines and a Light Blue Wash and a Dark Blue Wash”, Hockney approaches his usual theme with the initial child-like wonder he had when first arriving in California by employing simple colors and doodle-like squiggles.  This particular Hockney oeuvre continues to inspire viewers to fantasize about the idyllic, easy-going California way of living.

David Hockney
“Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines and a Light Blue Wash and a Dark Blue Wash”
1978-80
#23/34
Signed and dated
Estimate $25,000 – 30,000
To be offered in October 17, 2010 Auction

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 22nd

Peter gets wild and takes a look at the playful side of modernism!

After a serious few weeks of planning and hosting the preview, I had a moment to walk around with a future client of LAMA.  I say future, as this client is only 12.

As kids often do, she was quick to point out something that had not noticed before.  After spending about 30 minutes here, she counted up all of the animals we have in the auction – in paintings, sculpture, and furniture.

Here are some that we both liked and appreciated:

Lot 77 Damien Hirst, Butterflies (6), 2008, $18,000 - 25,000

Lot 78 Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Rhinoceros Bleu, 1981, $25,000 - 35,000

Lot 79 Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Singes Attentifs SI & SII, 1999, $100,000 - 125,000

Lot 164 Gambone, Bull, circa 1965, $800 - 1,200

Lot 333 Rufino Tamayo, Demi-Poisson (Half Fish), 1969, $2,000 - 3,000

Lot 102 David Hockney, No. #4 (From Dog Wall), 1998, $5,000 - 7,000

For more depictions of animals, check out the online catalogue.

Don’t forget, the auction is tomorrow and starts at 12pm Noon (Pacific)!