LAMA / October 2016

While a lot of people were gearing up to watch America's race to the bottom (AKA the presidential debate), a ton of great art and design was up for sale at LAMA. 
Wall of Gordon Onslow Ford

Helen Frankenthaler

George Nakashima

DeWain Valentine

R.M. Schindler chairs designed these chairs for Sardi's Restaurant in 1933. The chars were manufactured by the Warren McArthur Corporation. The restaurant was demolished by a fire in 1936. These are rare!
George Rickey

Oskar Fischinger is so underrated.

Classic hard edge modern

Model no. T-3-C Heifetz Manufacturing Co. by James Harcey Crate
This one came out of The Bailey House (Case Study House 20A) by Richard Neutra.
See more on The Bailey House here

Eames Colouring Toy. I wonder why some of them use the British spelling? Mine doesn't have the "u". Anyway, it was a gift from Ray Eames to Dale Bailey, who I assume lived in Case Study House 20A. It's next door to the Eames House. The one I own was a gift from Marylin Neuhart to the kid who lived in Case Study House 9, which is also next to the Eames House.
It wouldn't be a LAMA sale without Lamb

Two major paintings by John McLaughlin

This John McLaughlin Untitled (1953) didn't sell! It was the best piece in the auction.
This is proof that something is seriously wrong in the world. 
It can be yours post sale for $187,500. 

Unfortunately the iron business hasn't made me rich yet. Instead of a McLaughlin painting, I came home with Stan Hawk.
It has the original glass : \

Weekend / Stuff

Stan Hawk, Glenn of California, Danish vase and “The Anchor” magazine holder by Seymour Robins

Jean Balmer, Doyle Lane, and Martha Longenecker


California Designed (1956)


Elaine Lustig Cohen

Graphic designer and artist Elaine Lustig-Cohen passed away this week.  
According to a biography by Stephen Heller... "At 15, she wandered into Peggy Guggenheim’s short-lived but influential Art of This Century gallery, where Guggenheim had exhibited a collection of Kandinskys in an installation designed by Frederick Kiesler. That chance visit ignited Elaine’s lifelong passion for modern art."
Image: NY Times

Elaine worked with her husband Alvin Lustig from 1948, until his passing in 1955. At 28, she took over the family business and had a long career as a graphic designer and artist. 

One of her first projects was building signage for Phillip Johnson's House of Seagram.

Elaine's 1955 catalog design for Lightolier, a company Alvin also designed for. It was included in a recent LACMA exhibition of Alvin and Elaine's graphic design work. 
 The LACMA installation

Elaine continued her graphic design business until 1969, then focused more on painting and collage. 

1929 Black Tuesday for AIGACollage, 2014

Sewing BoxObjects, 1983

Weekend / Stuff

Japanese table and fireplace tools

Lisa Larson

Kaj Franck

Smalls, including Andrew Bergloff and Soleri bells

California Design / LACMA

An oasis of California Design is tucked away on the third floor of the Art of the Americas Building at LACMA

Richard Neutra, La Gardo Tackett and Walter Lamb

Richard Neutra, 1941
Chair from Channel Heights Housing Project, San Pedro

John Kapel, Greta Grossman and Ray & Charles Eames

As far as Eames, it doesn't get much rarer than this Evans prototype from 1944-45

They paid a pretty penny for it too. It was sold through LAMA in 2000 for $107,000

5-2-7 bolt pattern! 
Of course I checked underneath. 

Richard Neutra, 1931/1941

David Cressey

Monster Gertrud & Otto Natzler

Harrison McIntosh x 2

John Mclaughlin

LACMA will be having a solo exhibition of his work, beginning on November 13. 

Tackett / Thursday

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