Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Ken Price at 523 West 24th Street. This is the first exhibition of Price's work at the Matthew Marks Gallery and will include ten sculptures executed this year.
The works are made of fired clay, set on pedestals or placed within vitrines designed by the artist. The sculptures have an extremely sensuous surface; each is meticulously painted with many layers of color, which are then sanded down to create an incredibly rich, patterned skin. Highly organic, the new works present an array of globular, fleshy forms, undeniably sexual in nature.
Throughout his over 40-year career, Price's work has been consistently innovative and influential. With its often small scale, exquisite color, and attention to detail, at times architectonic, at times naturalistic, his work has always had a notably fetishistic quality and is unlike anything else you have ever seen.
Born in 1935, Ken Price first came to prominence in the early 1960s. A major figure in the California art world, Price had his first solo exhibition at the legendary Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. His work has been the subject of numerous major museum exhibitions, including ones at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Menil Collection in Houston. His work will be the subject of a forthcoming retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2005.
Ken Price will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through November 1st, 2003. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 PM.
For further information or reproductions please contact Sabrina Buell at 212-243-0200.