This May, Bonhams will hold its first-ever sale of California art. The impetus may be the recent recognition of West Coast work through exhibitions like LACMA's Made in California: Art, Image and Identity, 1900-2000 and the San José Museum's 2004 show, The Not-So-Still Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture. There's also been a recent look at California's contribution to design, in Jo Lauria and Sue Baizerman's 2005 publication, California Design: The Legacy of West Coast Craft and Style. More likely, though, is the nearly $5 million they made on their December 2006 sale, California and American Paintings.
Roland Petersen, Two Figures in a Golden Land, 1965
The sale, scheduled for May 22nd, and for which they are currently accepting consignments, includes paintings, drawings and sculpture by artists including Roland Petersen (above), Harry Bertoia, Ken Price, Manuel Neri (below), Nathan Oliveira, John Baldessari, Robert Graham, Claire Falkenstein, Herbert Bayer, Billy Al Bengston, Ynez Johnston, Hans Burkhardt, Robert Graham, Beniamino Benevenuto Bufano, Ron Davis, Vasa, Kim Dingle, and Larry Cohen.
For more information on the sale visit www.bonhams.com, or contact specialists Frank Hettig and Cecilia Dan in Los Angeles and Holly Sherratt in San Francisco.
San Francisco: May 11-13, 10am-5 pm
Los Angeles: May 18-20, 10am-5pm
Manuel Neri, Majic Act VIII, 1963