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Ken Price was one of the most important sculptors and printmakers to have emerged in Los Angeles in the past fifty 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 on a smaller scale, 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. Later, Price became well known for his sensuous sculptural forms with beautifully speckled and shimmering surfaces, carefully worked away and built up over many layers of paint.

Price received a B.F.A. from the 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. Price’s work was the subject of a major retrospective in 2012 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, designed by architect Frank O. Gehry.

Born 1935, Los Angeles, CA. Died 2012, Arroyo Hondo, NM

EDUCATION

1959                           
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, MFA
1957                           
Los Angeles County Art Institute
1956                           
University of Southern California, BFA

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Ken Price: Works on Paper 1967 - 1995, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM

2018
Sculpture, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

2016                         
Ken Price Drawings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles (catalogue)

2014                         
Ken Price, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Large Sculptures, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Specimen Rocks, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Inside/Outside, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Ken Price and Harvey Mudd: The Plain of Smokes, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2013                         
Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962-2010, The Drawing Center, New York, NY. Traveled to Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY and The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM (catalogue)
Zoo, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York, NY

2012                         
Bulgogi, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Night (1947 to 2015), The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT

2011                          
Ken Price, "Death Shrine I" From "Happy's Curios", The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, N. Mexico

2010                         
Josef Albers/Ken Price, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
Ken Price, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Ken Price, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Ken Price Nyehaus, New York, NY

2008                        
Ken Price, LA Louver, Venice, CA
Ken Price: Works from the Late '80s, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Ken Price: Prints and Ceramics 1970 - 2005, Gemini G.E.L., New York, NY
Ken Price: Sculpture, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

2007                        
New Work, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2006                        
Ken Price: Sculpture and Drawings 1962-2006, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Early Cups and Selected Works on Paper, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY

2005                        
Ken Price: Works on Paper, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
Ken Price: Small Scale Sculpture, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Ken Price: Sculpture from 2004, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

2004                        
Ken Price Sculpture and Drawings 1994-2004, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
Ken Price Works on Paper, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Ken Price: Recent Work, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

2003                        
Ken Price, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

2002                        
Ken Price: New Work, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
Small is Beautiful, University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach, CA
Ken Price, Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, OH

2001                         
Ken Price: New Work, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, NY
Ken Price: New Work, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA
Parazette & Price Material Morph, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Recent Sculpture, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL
Ken Price: Recent Drawings, Off Main Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2000                        
Lumps, Bumps, Eggs and Specimens, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, NY

1999                        
Ken Price: Recent Work, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, NY
James Kelly Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1998                         
Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Ken Price: Sculpture, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Biomorphic Abstraction, 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 (catalogue)

1996                        
Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

1995                         
Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, PA (catalogue)

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 (catalogue)
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

1989                         
The Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO (catalogue)
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Georges Lavrov Gallery, Paris, France

1987                         
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1986                         
Willard Gallery, New York, NY
Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1985                         
Willard Gallery, New York, NY
Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL

1984                         
Willard Gallery, New York, NY
Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL

1983                         
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

1982                         
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Willard Gallery, New York, NY
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1981                          
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

1980                         
Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1979                         
Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Hansen, Fuller, Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Willard Gallery, New York, NY

1978                         
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
Gallery of Contemporary Art, Taos, NM

1976                         
The Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1974                         
Felicity Samuel Gallery, London, England
Willard Gallery, New York, NY

1973                         
Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1972                         
Fendrick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA

1971                          
David Whitney Gallery, New York, NY
Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Galerie Neuendorf, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg, Germany

1970                         
Kasmin Gallery, London, England
Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)

1969                        
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1968                         
Kasmin Gallery, London, England

1964                         
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1961                         
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1960                        
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017                         
That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920-Today, Tate St. Ives, UK
Pivotal: Highlights from the Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

2016                         
Lineage: Mentorship & Learning, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
A Material Legacy, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Ceramix: From Rodin to Schütte, La Maison Rouge, Paris

2015                         
The Serial Impulse and Gemini G.E.L., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 
10 Sculptures, Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Affecting Presence and the Pursuit of Delicious Experience, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery, The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (catalogue) 
Testing Testing: Painting and Sculpture since 1980 from the Permanent Collection, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection, Canton Museum of Art, OH
Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space, Karma, New York, NY
Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction, and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2014                         
Color Shift, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

2013                         
The Artist and the Poet, Art Institute of Chicago
72 Degrees: LA Art from the Collection, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA 
Inaugural Exhibition, The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH

2012                         
EST-3: Southern California in New York, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, NY
Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Highlights from The Harwood Museum of Art’s Collection of Contemporary Art, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM
California Landscape into Abstraction, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

2011                          
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Venice in Venice, 54th Venice Biennale
Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California, The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
Clay's Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950-1980, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
46 N. Los Robles: A History of the Pasadena Art Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA

2010                         
Primary Atmospheres: Works from California, 1960 to 1970, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
Vortexhibition Polyphonica, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Ordinary Madness, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Houseguest: Frances Stark Selects from the Grunwald Collection, Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Dichromatic, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York
Josef Albers / Ken Price, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York

2009                        
Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Traveled to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Hopper at the Harwood, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM

2008                        
Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957 – 1968, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Las Vegas Collects Contemporary, Las Vegas Contemporary ArtMuseum, Las Vegas, NV
The Alliance, doART Seoul, Seoul Korea
The Alliance, doART Beijing, Beijing, China

2007                        
The David Whitney Bequest, Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Winter Holiday, Jan Weiner, Kansas City, MO
Cool School Revisited, Ravenswork Studios, Venice, CA
Makers and Modelers: Works in Ceramic, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Sculpture, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
SoCal: Southern California Art of the 1960s and 70s From LACMA's Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
If Everybody Had an Ocean: Brian Wilson: An Art Exhibition, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, England
96th Annual Exhibition, Humor's Lines, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA
Eden’s Edge: Fifteen Los Angeles Artists   , Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

2006                        
Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida
Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
Recent Drawings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Los Angeles 1955-85, Centre Pompidou, Paris France (catalogue)

2004                        
A Secret History of Clay – From Gauguin to Gormley, Tate Museum, London, England (catalogue)

2003                        
L.A.'s Finish Fetish, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Materials, Metaphor & Narratives: Work by Six Contemporary Artists, Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
Contemporary Art/Taos, Harwood Museum, Taos, NM (catalogue)
Rebels in Clay. Peter Voulkos and the Otis Group, University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA

2002                         
Ferus, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Lateral Thinking, Art of the 1990’s, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA (catalogue)
Something, Anything, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY

2001                         
Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Out of L.A. Six California Artists, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

2000                        
Made in California, 1900-2000, Los Angeles, County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Sixties. 1960-69, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Color and Fire, Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics 1950-200,: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1999                        
Contemporary Ceramics, Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

1998                         
Clay Into Art: Selections from the Collection of Contemporary Ceramics in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Biomorphic Abstraction, Curt Marcus Gallery, New York, NY
American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, The
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Sunshine and Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997, U.C.L.A./Hammer Museum, Westwood, CA
Image, Plate, Vessel, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
John Mason, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos, (Work from '60) Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Homemade Champagne, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy

1997                         
Sunshine and Noir, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (catalogue); Traveled to Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA,
Abstract Expressionist Ceramics: Myth and Reality Revisited, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

1993                         
Contemporary Craft in the Saxe Collection, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
5 x 7, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York, NY

1991                         
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., CA
Shigaraki Museum of Ceramic Art, Shigaraki, Japan (catalogue)

1989                         
Kansas City Collects Contemporary Ceramics, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO (catalogue)

1988                         
Big/Little Sculpture, Williams College Gallery of Art, Williamstown, MA (catalogue)

1987                         
The Menil Collection, Inaugural Exhibition, Houston, TX (catalogue)
Clay Revisions: Cup, Plate, Vase, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (catalogue)

1986                         
Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art 1945 - 1986, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
Material and Metaphor: Contemporary American Sculpture, Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (catalogue)

1984                         
A Different Climate, Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany (catalogue)
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (catalogue
Gemini G.E.L., Art and Collaboration, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1983                         
Opening Exhibition, Temporary Contemporary Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

1982                         
Painting and Sculpture Today 1982, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
One Hundred Years of California Sculpture, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1981                          
1981 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
California, The State Landscape, 1872 - 1981, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (catalogue)
Art in Los Angeles: Seventeen Artists in the Sixties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
Ceramic Sculpture: Six Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1980                         
Los Angeles Prints, 1883 - 1980, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)

1979                         
1979 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Contemporary Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Directions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
West Coast Ceramics, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (catalogue)

1977                         
Small Objects, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1976                         
200 Years of American Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
Thirty Years of American Printmaking, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Ferus 1957 - 1966, Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Beach, CA (catalogue)

1974                         
Clay, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalogue)

1972                         
West Coast, USA, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
20th Century Sculpture from Southern California Collections, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
Contemporary American Art: Los Angeles, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, TX
Joe Goode, Kenneth Price, Ed Ruscha, Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1971                          
Contemporary Ceramic Art, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
11 Los Angeles Artists, Hayward Gallery, London, England; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Akademie der Kunst, West Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
Gemini: Experiments in Graphics, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1970                         
Contemporary American Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY
Nine Print Portfolios, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
International Biennial Exhibition of Prints, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
Kompas 4: West Coast USA, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1969                                                                                 
Tamarind: Homage to Lithography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1967                         
Recent Acquisitions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

1966                        
Robert Irwin/Kenneth Price, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Abstract Expressionist Ceramics, Art Gallery, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA (catalogue)

1964                         
New American Sculpture, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA (catalogue)

1963                         
Sculpture of California, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1962                         
Fifty California Artists, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalogue)