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Specimen Rocks

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Reltny, 1983 Fired And Painted Clay 7 X 13 X 7 Cm © Ken Price, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
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© Courtesy of the artist & The Matthew Marks Gallery
Specimen Rocks

526 W 22nd St.
10011 New York
NY
US
May 9th, 2014 - June 28th, 2014
Opening: May 8th, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.matthewmarks.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
bronx
EMAIL:  
info@matthewmarks.com
PHONE:  
212-243-0200
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sat 10-6
TAGS:  
ceramics, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Ken Price: Specimen Rocks, the next exhibition in his gallery at 526 W 22nd Street. The exhibition includes seven ceramic sculptures made between 1983 and 1984, many of which have never been shown publicly. Each sculpture is displayed in its own vitrine designed by the artist.

Ken Price began the Specimen Rocks shortly after moving to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1983. Combining coarse-textured areas and smooth planes, and finished with metallic and gloss paints, the sculptures recall Price’s Slate Cups (1972-78) while evoking more gem-like mineral formations. As Price has pointed out, the sculptures’ hand-held scale draws the viewer in for a personal experience of their physical details, but the works can also be thought of as maquettes: “You can see the whole piece and all of its surface detail in one glance. So it’s very easy to visualize those pieces as being any size, especially monumental.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring actual-size photographs of twelve Specimen Rocks sculptures plus a selection of quotes by Ken Price.

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