b. 1935

 

Ken Price is one of the most important sculptors and printmakers to have emerged in Los Angeles in the past 50 years. He first gained prominence in the 1960s as one of the artists of the iconic Ferus Gallery, alongside Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, and John McCracken. Price first differentiated himself by choosing to work small, primarily making exquisite egg shapes that sprout erotic, worrisome tendrils. He proceeded to develop abstract variations on cup, teapot, and vase forms with faceted asymmetrical compositions, glazed with primary colors, that are like pocket distillations—which turn monumental in memory—of modern style from Cubism through De Stijl to Minimalism. He carried his preference for the small but dynamic into his printmaking, often using the imagery of landscapes and commerce as foundations for his boldly colored graphic pieces.

 

Price received a B.F.A. from University of Southern California in 1956 and studied briefly at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design) before receiving an M.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred in 1959. Since his first solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in the 1960s he has exhibited widely and has work in many public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2014

Ken Price, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, California

2012

Ken Price, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Santa Monica, California

2011

Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, PA

2010

Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

Nyehaus, New York, NY

2008

LA Louver, Venice, CA

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

Gemini G.E.L., New York, NY

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

2007

Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2006

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

2005

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

2004

Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

2003

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

2002

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach, CA

Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

2001

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, NY

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL

Off Main Gallery, Santa Monica CA

2000

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

1999

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, NY

James Kelly Gallery, Sante Fe, NM

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1998

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Curt Marcus Gallery New York, NY

1997

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

Johnson County Community College Gallery of Art, Overland Park, KS

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

1996

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1994

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

Harwood Foundation Museum of the University of New Mexico, Taos, NM

L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1992

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY

1991

James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990

Sena West Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

Group Exhibitions

2014

Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper 1962-2010, The Hardwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico

2012

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2011

Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2010

David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY

2009

Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2008

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Las Vegas Contemporary ArtMuseum, Las Vegas, NV

doART Seoul, South Korea

2007

The David Whitney Bequest, Menil Collection, Houston, TX

Jan Weiner, Kansas City, MO

Ravenswork Studios, Venice, CA

Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, England

Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

2006

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

Centre Pompidou, Paris France

2004

Tate Museum, London, England

2003

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY

Harwood Museum, Taos, NM

University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA

2002

Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

2001

Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, England

2000

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1999

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

1998

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY

The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy

1997

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

1993

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

1991

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Shigaraki Museum of Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan

1989

Ceramics, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

1988

Williams College Gallery of Art, Williamstown, MA

1987

The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

1986

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

1984

Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Gallery of Art,Washington, D.C.

1983

Temporary Contemporary Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

1982

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1981

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1980

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1979

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1977

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1976

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Beach, CA

1974

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1972

Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, TX

Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1971

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Hayward Gallery, London, England; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium;
Akademie der Kunst, West Berlin, Germany

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1969

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1967

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1966

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA

1964

Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

1963

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1962

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY