About Us

Founded in 1992 by Peter Loughrey, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is the first auction house to specialize in selling 20th century Modern Art & Design.

LAMA holds three auctions a year, plus occasional exhibits that are open to the public. For the casual buyer to the most dedicated collector, LAMA auctions offer quality, vetted modern material in every price range, including paintings, prints, furniture, and decorative objects. LAMA is source, and serves as a meeting point, for high quality works of art, practiced knowledge, and professional relationships in the realm of Modern Art & Design. With 25 years of experience, LAMA has carved a niche in the international market through milestone auctions featuring artists and designers such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, George Nakashima, Mike Kelley, Ettore Sottsass, Charles & Ray Eames, Paul László, and R.M. Schindler. LAMA has also conducted auctions for prominent California estates, including those of Max Palevsky, Linda Sullivan, Dalzell Hatfield, James Byrnes, Richard Dorso, Julius Shulman, Richard Neutra, and James Prestini. From a single work of art to an entire estate, LAMA is the premier auction house on the West Coast to buy and sell Modern Art & Design.

LAMA Auction February 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Noe Montes
Auction Day, February 23, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction

Shannon Loughrey

In 1995, Shannon Loughrey joined husband and business partner Peter Loughrey in leading Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) to become a pioneer in the industry. With more than 25 years of experience, Shannon’s acute business sense and deep familiarity with Modern art & design have helped elevate LAMA to its position as a trusted authority within the contemporary marketplace. As President of LAMA, Shannon continues to cultivate a loyal following of dedicated clientele, maintaining her involvement with the Los Angeles arts community and beyond through her roles as a Getty Research Institute councilmember and member of the Decorative Arts and Design acquisitions committee for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Peter Loughrey
Founder, LAMA

Peter Loughrey, an established curator, trusted consultant, and a well-recognized expert in Modern Design & Fine Art, founded LAMA in 1992. He was a prominent figure in the Los Angeles Modern Art & Design community through his involvement at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Getty Research Institute. He was a repeat appraiser on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow”. He was featured on Forbes’ “Sold!” on Ovation TV, Fox Business’ “Strange Inheritance,” and Fortune.com. In the design community, Peter co-curated many Los Angeles gallery shows, including Gio Ponti: Furnished Settings & Figuration (2004) and Dutch Design (2005), both at ACME Gallery, in addition to co-curating and publishing the exhibition catalogue for Gaetano Pesce: Pieces from a Larger Puzzle at Los Angeles’s Italian Cultural Institute (2010). In September 2017, Loughrey curated a show as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty initiative, on Emerson Woelffer.  He has also written numerous articles and was a contributor in the books Case Study Houses (TASCHEN 2003), Julius Shulman Modernism Rediscovered (TASCHEN 2007), and Collecting Design (TASCHEN 2010).

Peter passed away from cancer on March 16, 2020.

Clo Pazera
Fine Art Specialist

Clo Pazera is the Fine Art Specialist at Los Angeles Modern Auctions, where she has worked since 2014. She has a special interest in Asian art and design and has contributed to numerous exhibitions on the subject. Prior to her appointment at LAMA, Ms. Pazera was awarded a curatorial fellowship at the Clark Center of Japanese Art and Culture. During her tenure there, she curated “Simplicity and Surprise: The Utilitarian Beauty of Japanese Lacquerware” (2013), and was a contributing curator to “Kanpai: The Art of Drinking in Japan” (2014). She has also worked in the Publications Department of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she contributed to the production of June Wayne’s Narrative Tapestries: Tidal Waves, DNA and the Cosmos (2010), Contemporary Collecting: The Judith Neisser Collection (2011), and Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design (2011). An active participant in the art and design community of Los Angeles, Ms. Pazera is a member of the Avant-Garde Council at LACMA. She holds a master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London and a bachelor’s from Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Carolina McConnell
Managing Director

Carolina McConnell is the Managing Director of Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Ms. McConnell first gained exposure to the world of fine art during summers spent working at the Emily Amy Gallery in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. While pursuing an internship at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the Development Department, Ms. McConnell first identified her interest in the intersection of business and art. In 2013, Ms. McConnell joined the LAMA team as a client services representative, and has since advanced through a number of vital positions. She has overseen many facets of LAMA’s expansion and enjoys developing new systems for management and organization. Ms. McConnell is passionate about LAMA’s evolving identity and its role in supporting both artists and the art world. Ms. McConnell holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and business from the University of Southern California and has been a member of the Avant-Garde Council at LACMA for over five years.

Joe Alascano

Joe Alascano manages shipping, preparation, and installation at Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Mr. Alascano’s role at LAMA is a culmination of both his professional experience and personal interests. Prior to joining LAMA, Mr. Alascano directed van line logistics and operations for nine years, supervising nearly forty employees in delivery throughout the contiguous United States. Later, with a different organization, he also managed international shipping and receiving. In his position at LAMA, which he has held since 2012, Mr. Alascano appreciates the diversity of the materials and tasks which he encounters and welcomes the ever-evolving challenge of conceiving strategies to handle them. As an artist himself, Mr. Alascano is inspired by the works that surrounded him every day. Within LAMA’s expansive repertoire, he routinely identities the same artistic techniques and structures that he often engages in his own public art practice. Mr. Alascano says that this exposure encourages him as it is a constant reminder that there is still room for artists to grow and flourish, especially in Los Angeles.