Ken Price (1935 - 2012)

1935 Born in Los Angeles, CA. Resides in Venice, CA and Taos, NM
Education: Studied at the Chounard Art Institute
1956 : University of Southern California, BFA
1957: Los Angeles County Art Institute
1959: New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, MFA

As a student at USC, Price spent time visiting the ceramics studio at the Otis College of Art and Design . Then Kenneth Price studied ceramics with Peter Voulkos. In 1958, Price left Otis for Alfred University . Price’s first solo show came at the Ferus Gallery in 1960 where he quickly became part of a developing art movement that included artists such as Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, John Altoon, John McCracken, Robert Irwin and Ed Ruscha, among many others. He is best known for his abstract shapes constructed from fired clay. Typically, they are not glazed, but intricately painted with multiple layers of bright acrylic paint and then sanded down to reveal the colors beneath. Ken Price lives and works in Venice, California and Taos, New Mexico. He is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. see also wikipedia: Ken Price

Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective at LACMA, LA, USA

Resnick Pavilion

September 16, 2012–January 6, 2013

read: http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/ken-price

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.

taken from LaCma