Ken Price

For over 50 years, Ken Price produced small-scale, brightly colored ceramic sculptures with exquisitely worked glazed and painted surfaces in which he achieved a balance between form and surface. In recent years, Price began making works in much larger sizes. His youthful experiences as a surfer in Los Angeles greatly influenced his art, which he explained as the manifestation of that which he found pleasurable.

Price (1935-2012) had his first solo exhibition at the legendary Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1960, where he showed alongside other LA artists, including Wallace Berman and Ed Ruscha. The Menil Collection in Houston mounted a retrospective of Price's work in 1992, and in 2004 the Chinati Foundation, in Marfa, Texas, mounted a survey show of his work from the previous decade. In 2012, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art organized a major retrospective exhibition highlighting Price’s sculpture, which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2013, The Drawing Center in New York organized the first survey of drawings by Price exhibiting sixty-five works on paper spanning fifty years. This exhibition traveled to the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York and the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico.

Download Press Packet (PDF 11.6 MB)
Museum Exhibitions
Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction, and Clay 100 Years of American Ceramics
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, MA
Jan 17, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016
Testing Testing: Painting and Sculpture since 1960 from the Permanent Collection
Ackland Art Museum
Chapel Hill, NC
Jul 17, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016
The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, CT
Sep 4, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016

The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC
Oct 4, 2015 - Feb 7, 2016