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Stones without Moss: Ken Price at Matthew Marks

by Ryan Wong
Ken Price passed away weeks before his first retrospective opened at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012. Last year, it travelled to the Metropolitan Museum, while a show of his works on paper opened at Drawing Center. For New York, the two exhibitions were an overdue exposure. Price didn’t fit neatly into its narrative of contemporary art: his sculptures are concerned with the materiality of surfaces, color (bright ones!), shape (both organic and geometric), the play of light, and a whole host of concerns placed—often condescendingly—under “craft.” For ove... [more]
Posted by Ryan Wong on 5/20/14
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A Look at Robert Gober

by Keith Miller
For over two decades Robert Gober has been using the language of the banal and screwing it up with prosthetics. Sinks and candles, legs and breasts, drains and cribs, all in an inchoate mix of elements with a floating body that seems to poke fun at us. But his body parts are not the hyper-realist artifacts of Ron Mueck (Dead Dad) Duane Hansen (Tourists) or even Charles Ray (Family Romance). Gober’s appendages are clunky and silly and play with the perverse, even if only slightly. This awkwardness is perhaps his greatest strength. There is no illusion here: we are not surrealistically led... [more]
Posted by Keith Miller on 3/2/08