Ken Price
American, 1935-2012
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art,
Princeton University Art Museum
Ken Price: A Survey of Sculptures and Drawings, 1959 – 2006,
Hauser & Wirth
Ken Price: A Retrospective,
Nasher Sculpture Center

Inspired by the form and dynamism of ocean waves as well as the human body, Ken Price’s painted ceramic shapes are both erotic and cartoonish, with plump forms and gently sloping curves. Price’s work-intensive process involves applying numerous coats of paint and sanding each piece to achieve a glossy surface of variegated color, as seen in the melting contours of Laird (2010). These playful forms often appear in Price’s watercolors as well, undulating against flattened landscapes painted in acidic colors.

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