Tag Archives: Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Getting Ready for Preview

Preview officially opens this Saturday, May 15th and is open through Saturday, May 22nd, everyday from 10am – 6pm daily.

Peter has been working hard to get the showroom looking spectacular! It’s going to be really great to see all the pieces together in one giant room.

Pre-Order your May 23, 2010 Auction Catalogue!

The upcoming May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction Catalogue is being printed as I type.  If you know that you would like to receive our auction catalogue, please take the time to fill out the pre-order form.

This catalogue will feature important works by:

Fine Art by Andy Warhol, Victor Vasarely, Damien Hirst, Henri, Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Ed Ruscha, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Decorative Arts by Otto Natzler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Voulkos, Paul Schreckengost, Architectural Pottery and Stan Bitters.

Furniture and Design by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Sam Maloof, Marcel Breuer, Van Keppel & Green, George Nelson.

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.

A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick Emmons: AIA Firm of the Year Award 1969 and ‘Builders’ Homes for Better Living’

A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick E. Emmons collaborated on numerous architectural projects from 1951 till Emmons’ death in 1974. Jones and Emmons worked together to produce thousands of Eichler homes, and received commissions for churches, universities, manufacturing plants, and libraries. They worked with new materials, were very aware of site design, and focused attention on the building user. They took advantage of the pre-fabricated industrial parts and materials of the time and fused the idea of custom-designed and retailer-designed homes, making homes both affordable and livable for post-war middle class Americans.  Jones and Emmons also worked together with John L. Chapman to produce a book titled ‘Builders’ Homes for Better Living’ (Reinhold Publishing), which explored the assumption that basic architectural elements were important to the builder and to the buyer . LAMA is offering for purchase a copy of this book from the A. Quincy Jones and Elaine Sewell Jones collection in the upcoming May 23, 2010 Auction, as well as the structure built to award A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick E. Emmons for their outstanding architectural achievements as the Firm of the Year in 1969. The structure archives important collaborative projects between Jones and Emmons, and showcases photographs shot by Julius Shulman of each of these projects.

Literature: From the pages of the Eichler Network newsletter by Cory Buckner

For further information or inquiries regarding these important architectural pieces, please email elizabeth@lamodern.com directly.

A. Quincy Jones and Fredrick E. Emmons AIA Firm of the Year Award 1969, To be offered in LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction

Builders' Homes for Better Living by A. Quincy Jones, Fredrick E. Emmons and John L. Chapman, To be offered in LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction

Chapter 1 from Builders' Homes for Better Living by A. Quincy Jones, Fredrick E. Emmons and John L. Chapman, To be offered in LAMA May 23, 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction

Thoughts on the May 23, 2010 Auction

It’s finally March and soon we are getting ready to close out the sale in preparation for photography in two weeks. Amidst the chaos at the warehouse with all the furniture and art flying in, I got a chance to take a moment to reflect on how the auction is shaping up and ask Peter a couple of questions.

What is the proportion of fine art to furniture?

Peter: For the first time the majority of the consignments is fine art.

What is an investment piece for a beginning collector to look out for?

Peter: We have a lot of small works on paper and prints in the sale under $5,000. One of my favorite areas in this auction would be the photographs. The Richard Avedon, 1971, Image of Warhol, estimate $3,000 – 5,000 will probably be a great long-term investment for a not a lot of money now.

Richard Avedon, 1971, Image of Warhol, estimate $3,000 – 5,000

Is there anything you are anticipating to go up on the auction block?

Peter: We have several works by artists we have never sold before- Thomas Hart Benton and Paul Cadmus. It will be interesting to see what the reaction to this material is with our regular buyers.

In terms of the market have you seen a shift in what people want to sell?

Peter: I am starting to get offered a lot more works from the 70s and 80s in both furniture and fine art. Also, in this auction we have the largest selection of recent contemporary art, so it seems more people are starting to sell recent works. In the past the average age of modern and contemporary artwork that was offered to us was about 25 years old. This time we have a lot of works that are less than five years old.

What is your favorite piece you have gotten in so far?

Peter: John McLaughlin, “Untitled (#33)”, 1958. Even though it’s a small work, it has the most beautiful proportions of any paintings by this artist that I have seen in the market in some time. In addition, the condition of the work is pristine, which is very rare for McLaughlin’s work.

John McLaughlin, “Untitled (#33)”, 1958, estimate $20,000 - 30,000

Modern Art, Modern Design, Modern Furniture: See you at the Auction

Yesterday we sent out an email to our LAMA mailing list subscribers (if you aren’t on the list, you should definitely sign-up to receive auction updates) announcing a last call for consignments for the Spring 2010 Modern Art and Design Auction. If you wish to consign any material, please email images to Peter at peter@lamodern.com, for the deadline is Friday, March 5!  Needless to say, the phones have been ringing off the hook! Check out the material that will definitely be in the Spring 2010 Modern Art & Design Auction:

Fine Art by Andy Warhol, Tony Rosenthal, Jerome Kirk, Pablo Picasso, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Ed Ruscha, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Decorative Arts by Otto Natzler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Voulkos, Paul Schreckengost, Architectural Pottery and Stan Bitters.

Furniture and Design by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Sam Maloof, Marcel Breuer, Van Keppel & Green, and George Nelson.

Ralph Goings, watercolor, "Gem Top", Estimate $30,000 - 50,000, To be in Spring 2010 Auction

Mosaic Wall Panel and a chat with Jerry Ackerman

Our latest endeavor is with this beautiful Mid-Century mosaic wall panel, titled “Puerta”, 1959, designed by Evelyn Ackerman. We just received it on consignment, but we did notice that there was one tile missing. When we were deciphering the date and title of the work, there was only one person to call for help: Jerry Ackerman (Evelyn’s husband).  Jerry Ackerman is extremely knowledgeable and has a catalog of all of Evelyn’s works tucked away in his head. He was quite helpful when we asked him about the panel, as well as the missing tile. He told us to make a “rubbing” so he could find a tile that would fit perfectly in the current void. We are personally going to drop off the panel at his studio so that he can properly restore it for our consignor. Talk about customer service! Once we get the panel fixed it’s going right into our Spring 2010 Auction.

If you have not already, please check out the Ackerman’s new website. The work they have produced in the past is pure Californian Modern, needless to say, we absolutely adore all of it.

Ackerman Mosaic Wall Panel, "Puerta", 1959

Detail, Ackerman Mosaic Wall Panel, "Puerta", 1959