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California: Light and Space(s)

A sale of California art and design, featuring works by Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Charles and Ray Eames, and Tony Duquette. Wednesday, July 24 - Wednesday, August 7.

Online auction house Paddle8 is pleased to announce California: Light and Space(s), taking place from July 24 through August 7. The sale features works of fine art and design by California luminaries including John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses, and, in the realm of design, by William Haines, Charles and Ray Eames, and Greta Magnusson Grossman. The works in California: Light and Space(s) reveal the extraordinary influence and prominence of California artists, from the cool minimalism of Light and Space artist Laddie John Dill to the delicate motifs of Laura Owens, from the Hollywood glamour of Tony Duquette to the organic forms of Otto Natzler.

With estimates that range from $900-1,200 up to $25,000-35,000, the sale presents an eclectic mix of modern and contemporary works spanning the Golden State.

Bidding opens on on July 24 at noon EST, and closes August 7 at 6 PM EST.

California: Light and Spaces is Paddle8's first auction to integrate design lots alongside fine art, and is part of Paddle8's larger expansion into design and collectibles, including fall sales curated by legendary antiques dealer J.F. Chen and multifaceted designer Kelly Wearstler.

Highlights of California: Light and Space(s) include:

Laddie John Dill, Untitled, 1971 (estimate: $25,000-35,000)
A neon light work made from a custom blown-glass tube containing jewel-toned segments of light. The work is part of Dill's acclaimed 1971 series "Light Sentences", which liken bars of colored light to words or phrases.

Ed Ruscha, Yes, 1984 (estimate: $15,000-25,000)
A rare color lithograph in the artist's signature style, marrying text and image to play with verbal and visual meaning.

Laura Owens, Untitled, 1997 (estimate: $3,000-5,000)
A delicate watercolor by one of California's most influential contemporary artists, whose work moves fluidly between landscape, figuration, and abstraction.

Tony Duquette, Mayan Sun, c. 1959 (estimate: $5,000-7,000)
A prime example of Duquette's iconic sun motif, incorporating the designer's signature use of malachite. This sun pendant was part of Duquette's personal collection.

Kay Whitcomb, A pair of enameled steel doors, 1971 (estimate: $15,000-20,000)
An extraordinary set of doors created by seminal American enamellist Kay Whitcomb for the survey California Design Eleven at the Pasadena Museum of Art and more recently shown at the Mingei International Museum of Folk Art.

Greta Magnusson Grossman, A pair of cobra lamps, late 1940s (estimate: $5,000-7,000)
A rare pair of cobras by the celebrated midcentury modern architect and designer, who brought the Scandinavian aesthetic of her native Sweden to her adopted city of Los Angeles.

Bidding is available beginning July 24 at

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is the online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: monthly themed auctions, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. Founded by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur, Paddle8 eases the sale and acquisition of art and collectibles via a fully online auction model, offering the lowest available commissions, no public sales records, and extended auction visibility and timelines, enhanced by educational content, in addition to automated post-sale services.

For further information, please contact Sarah Goulet,

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