For more than half a century, the remarkable ceramic works of Ken Price (1935-2012) redefined contemporary sculpture, although for many years they were not exhibited widely. This exhibition, planned with the artist before his death in February at the age of 77, offers visitors to the Nasher an unprecedented opportunity to see a wide range of Price’s sensuous, richly worked objects, often glazed with brilliant and unusual colors. Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ken Price Sculpture will debut there this fall before traveling to the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, a longstanding friend of Price’s, designed the exhibition installation with the artist. Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by exhibition curator Stephanie Barron, Phyllis Tuchman, and Dave Hickey, as well as an extended interview with the artist by MaLin Wilson-Powell.
This exhibition is 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.