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 will chart the lyrical progression of the artist’s work and illuminate the work of other artists who have been influenced by his ground-breaking and influential oeuvre.
Architect Frank O. Gehry, who enjoyed a friendship with Price of almost fifty years, is designing the exhibition. A forthcoming, 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.
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.