LOS ANGELES MODERNISM SHOW – MUSIC & DESIGN
MAY 4-6, 2007
JOHNNY DEPP honorary host of the GALA OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Benefiting CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
To see some pictures from last years event please click here!
(February 26th, 2007, Los Angeles, CA) The Los Angeles Modernism Show 2007 promises another
rare opportunity to power-shop for the hottest, vintage 20th
Century Art & Décor on the west
coast. Celebrity support of L A Modernism continues with Johnny Depp as the 2007 honorary host
for the Opening Night
Gala Party on May 4th.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Depp’s chosen
charity, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
The theme of Los Angeles Modernism 2007, Music & Design, will include examples that
demonstrate how modern design influenced music of the 20th century. On display will be the first
electrically amplified piano designed by John Vassos and produced by RCA - a 1939 World’s Fair
show-stopper along with other unusual pianos including the Rippen Aluminum Grand.
New materials of the 20th century such as aluminum, fiberglass and plastic
gave modern designers the ability to make traditional items such as the piano and
the guitar in revolutionary new forms. The Rippen piano
is a perfect
example; designed in the Netherlands in 1955 with a case of cast aluminum, the profile
of this piano is wafer thin and echoes the look of design contemporaries such as
Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Robs John Gibbings.
Aluminum case made it perfect for use on the Holland America Lines ocean liner,
Likewise 20th century guitar makers such as Gibson and Fender remedied the
for louder instruments by creating solid bodied guitars in more exciting shapes and colors with
space age names such as the Telecaster, Explorer,
and the Flying V on the headstocks. In the last
few years prices for these vintage classics have skyrocketed to nearly a million dollars with Eric
Clapton's guitar selling at auction for $990K.
A collection of rare vintage guitars, 1940’s jukeboxes,
speakers designed for the modern home by George Nelson will also be exhibited.
Each year, Los Angeles Modernism offers two unique aspects to its show; the
this year’s show is a 10 feet by 25 feet wall created out of 250 terracotta 1 foot square tiles by
renowned ceramicist, John Bennett for the Hans Sumpf Company
. This piece was commissioned
for the Santa Monica
Medical Center in 1972. This year’s “Spectacle”
, a temporary exterior
is the “Neon Garden”, a detour around the design of the 20th Century American
The Los Angeles Modernism Show owned by Dennis and Lisa Boses continues to provide an
opportunity for real collecting of modernism pieces from affordable 20th century designs for home
decor to museum-quality treasures for the advanced collector. Commented Los Angeles Times’
David Keeps, “If Modernism were a religion, Dennis Boses would be the new Pope”. Over 90
leading, international dealers will exhibit their prime finds in modern furniture, art and decorative
objects, c. 1900 to 1980 to a stylish audience of tastemakers and style-setters from the motion
picture, television and music industries, celebrities and VIP’s, top collectors,
enthusiasts of modern
design and interior designers.
Among exhibitors showing for the first time are Jason Jacques
from New York
In Art Nouveau and Japanese ceramics, Pegaso Galleries International
Los Angeles and
from Pasadena both showing
furniture and decorative arts ranging from Art Deco to
The 2007 show opens with the Opening Night Gala on May 4th, 2007 from 6 pm-9 pm at the Santa
Monica Civic Auditorium located off 4th Street on the corner of
Pico & Main Street, in Santa
Monica. The gala is a stylish evening of cocktails by Pravda, great food & music - and a first
chance to buy the best of 20th
Century Design on the west coast.
Regular admission hours are 11 am-7 pm on Saturday and 11 am-5 pm on Sunday.
The ticket price is $90 in advance and $100 at the door, with proceeds benefitting
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.lamodernism.com
$15 ticket price includes admission for the run of the show and includes the magazine quality,
2007 show catalog.
To see some pictures from last years event please click
For further information, press invitations to the
Opening Night Gala and images, please contact
Lisa Boses at 818-244-1126 or firstname.lastname@example.org
and Lyn Winter at 323 788 4551 or