“There will come a day when we all can afford the art we want,” I say to myself at every gallery show I go to, a mantra that pacifies insane coveting of various modern art pieces that cost as much as my life. I truly believe it! In Los Angeles, there is a lot of affordable art from young artists and many resources for acquiring the more precious, luxurious pieces. An example of this is the Los Angeles Modern Auctions, a fine art and design explosion of items you could own.
Naturally, the “you” in reference is a person who has $10K+ sitting around in an art fund. But, if you don’t have that kind of money, you can spend $30 to get your hands on something you’ll find on all artsy people in LA’s desks this month: the LAMA catalogue.
The catalogue is a collection of the art up for grabs at the auction–and there is a ton available. There are some Pettibones, some Eameses, some Mirós, some Calders, Wegmans, Nakashimas, Thiebauds, Kellys, Ruschas, Valentines, Hockneys, and more and more and more. The prices range from measly $800 Vicke Lindstrand & Flygfors glass piece to a booming $30K motorcycle piece painted by Keith Haring. They literally have everything including a selection of pieces for sale by LACMA.
The catalogue as a physical object is very luscious. It’s bright and laid out as a small gallery itself, fully equipped with artsy reprieves in the form of artist interviews, extended looks at works of art, and a few historical examinations. It’s a beast: at over three hundred pages, I can only assume it contains at least fifty thousand works of art you’ll be able to bid on. It’s literally art pornography.
If you want to take artistic voyeurism to the next level, you’ll be able to at the auction itself on October 7 at noon. For those even more eager, you can preview the show up until the 6th. For more information on the catalogue and art event, check out their website. We implore you to pick up a copy if you fancy yourself ~*~aRtSy~*~ and with it as we’ve seen them around town so much–and it is LAMA’s twentieth annual auction.