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MAY 4-6, 2007


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. The Aluminum case made it perfect for use on the Holland America Lines ocean liner, “Rotterdam”.

Likewise 20th century guitar makers such as Gibson and Fender remedied the modern demands 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 “Centerpiece” for 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 installation
is the “Neon Garden”, a detour around the design of the 20th Century American Highway.

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
City specializing In Art Nouveau and Japanese ceramics, Pegaso Galleries International, Los Angeles and Adesso from Pasadena both showing furniture and decorative arts ranging from Art Deco to Mid-Century.

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

$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 here!

For further information, press invitations to the Opening Night Gala and images, please contact Lisa Boses at 818-244-1126 or and Lyn Winter at 323 788 4551 or

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