Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective

Resnick Pavilion
September 16, 2012–January 6, 2013

For more than fifty years, Ken Price, born in 1935 in Los Angeles, California, created remarkable and innovative works that have redefined contemporary sculpture practice. Price procured a cult following among critics and scholars since the 1960s, including Lucy Lippard, who declared in 1966, “It is a fact rather than a value judgment that no one else, on the east or west coast, is working like Kenneth Price.” Price’s work has been much talked about, though not widely exhibited until relatively recently (and then only in group shows or in commercial gallery presentations). Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective traces the development of Price’s sculptural practice from his luminously glazed ovoid forms to his suggestive, molten-like slumps, positioning him within the larger narrative of modern American sculpture. This sculptural retrospective honors the late artist’s creativity, originality, and revolutionary art practice.

Architect Frank O. Gehry, who enjoyed a friendship with Price of almost fifty years, is designing the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalogue includes essays by Stephanie Barron (exhibition curator) as well as art historians and critics Phyllis Tuchman and Dave Hickey, and an extended interview with the artist by MaLin Wilson Powell.

Reflections on Ken Price (PDF | 300 kb)

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This exhibition was organized  by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was made possible through major grants from the LLWW Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Aaron and Betty Lee Stern Foundation. Generous support for the catalogue was provided by The Shifting Foundation and Friends of Contemporary Ceramics. Marketing support by Matthew Marks Gallery. Image: Ken Price, Balls Congo, 2003, Fired and painted clay, 22 x 18 x 18 inches, Linda Schlenger, ©Ken Price, Photo © 2011 Fredrik Nilsen.

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