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Sotheby's to auction part of L.A. gallerist Joni Gordon's collection
Sotheby's to auction part of L.A. gallerist Joni Gordon's collection

Joni Gordon was a maternal figure to many local, up-and-coming artists,  painter Martha Alf told The Times after Gordon died in 2012. Gordon owned the celebrated Newspace Gallery on Melrose Avenue from 1975 to 2006. She had no formal education in the arts, but her gift for recognizing talent came naturally. As did her ability to create a thriving and intellectually curious environment that attracted local talent to the salons she held at her home. There she hosted diverse speakers including sculptor Edward Kienholz and painter Vija Celmins. A piece by the latter, titled "Burning Plane" (1965), is one of the works from a part of her private collection that Sotheby's...

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