Ken Price Publication

Ken Price Publication

In conjunction with the exhibition Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, LACMA published an eponymous book comprised of three essays, an interview with the artist, an illustrated chronology, an anthology of historical texts from the 1960s, and over 90 color illustrated objects.

The catalogue will feature an essay tracing the narrative of Price’s career by exhibition curator Stephanie Barron, and articles by Phyllis Tuchman, who addresses Price as a colorist, tracing his trajectory from the lush pastels of the early eggs to the complex hues and iridescent colors found in sculptures of the last twenty years, and Dave Hickey, who relates the inherent formal similarity of certain Price works to the land art of James Turrell and Michael Heizer.

Additionally, MaLin Wilson-Powell has done a compilation of interviews from throughout Price’s life, as well as an extended interview with the artist.  Also included is a short appreciation of the artist by architect Frank Gehry, who is also designing the exhibition.

To enhance the publication, LACMA organized all new photography of every work in the exhibition by Los Angeles photographer Fredrik Nilsen, through the generosity of the Shifting Foundation.  The catalogue acts as a map of Price’s prolific career and influence, and a catalyst for further scholarly investigation of Price’s practice.

LACMA has featured Ken Price’s revolutionary work in previous publications, including Robert Irwin/Kenneth Price (1966)  and Art in Los Angeles: Seventeen Artists in the Sixties (1981), both of which are available in the Reading Room.