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Ken Price

Works on Paper


November 6 - December 24, 2004
521 W 21 Street
Opening Friday, November 5, 2004


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce the exhibition Ken Price: Works on Paper at 521 West 21st Street. This is the second exhibition of Price's work at the Matthew Marks Gallery and will include eighteen works on paper executed over the past year.

Although best known for his work as a ceramic sculptor, the artist has made drawings throughout his 40-year career. Their subject matter varies widely, from landscape and still-life to erotic drawings and portraits.

The drawings in this exhibition are all landscapes, depicting roiling seas during a storm or erupting volcanoes spewing lava and ash, many taking their inspiration from the California coastline and the New Mexican desert, near which the artist has his studios. The landscapes all possess an innate sensuality, one that is shared with Price's sculptural work and suggested by such titles as Red Heat, Deep Ocean Swell, Underground Fire, and Predicted Eruption.

These works on paper also share the small scale, exquisite color, and attention to detail of his sculptural work. They are rarely larger than ten inches square and are all vividly colored, incorporating both the exactitude of a pen-and-ink drawing with the atmospheric quality of watercolor, at once evoking both cloisonné and stained glass.

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 museum exhibitions, including ones at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Menil Collection in Houston. An exhibition of Price's sculpture and drawings is currently on view at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, and his work will be the subject of a forthcoming retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Ken Price: Works on Paper will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 521 West 21st Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues) through December 24th, 2004. Hours: Thursday and Friday, 1:00 to 6:00 PM, and Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

For further information or reproductions please contact Sabrina Buell at 212-243-0200.

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