Ruth Asawa Complex Hanging Sculpture Goes to Los Angeles Auction

For Immediate Release

November 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to announce that a Ruth Asawa multilobed hanging sculpture from 1956, Untitled S.437 (Hanging, Seven-Lobed, Two-Part Continuous Form within a Form with Two Small Spheres), will go to auction on February 23, 2014. Estimated at $300,000 – 500,000, this complex hanging work, measuring nearly 9 feet, will be offered on the market for the first time since it was commissioned in mid-1950s.

An attendee of Black Mountain College in the late 1940s, the original owner met Ruth Asawa while going to school for dance. Asawa, who was well known among her peers for her unique form of art, left a lasting impression, so much so that the original owner contacted the artist in the mid-50s to commission a work for herself.

This work is illustrated with the artist in the accompanying catalogue for the 2006 landmark show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air, and was photographed with the original owner in the mid-1950s.


Ruth Asawa, Untitled S.437, 1956, Photograph taken in 1956 with original owner, Estimate $300,000 – 500,000

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Untitled S.437 will go up for auction on February 23, 2014 in the Los Angeles Modern Auction (LAMA) Modern Art & Design Auction.  Advance viewings begin February 10th, and the auction will be on February 23rd at 12 p.m. (PST). Visit www.LAMODERN.com or call 323-904-1950 for additional details.

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February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction will be conducted at the LAMA showroom: 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406 and will start at 12 p.m. (PST). Auction Preview: February 10 – 21, 2014; open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. // Auction catalogues available: February 3, 2014 // Preview lots online: February 5, 2014

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For more information and images, please contact Elizabeth Portanova, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), 16145 Hart St., Van Nuys, CA

www.lamodern.com | tel: 323-904-1950 | fax: 323-904-1954 | e-mail: Elizabeth@lamodern.com