Kenneth Price (born 1935, Los Angeles) procured a cult following among critics and scholars since the 1960s. His work has been much talked about, though not widely exhibited until relatively recently (and then only in group shows or in commercial gallery presentations). Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective traces the development of Price’s sculptural practice from his luminously glazed ovoid forms to his suggestive, molten-like slumps, positioning him within the larger narrative of modern American sculpture. This sculptural retrospective honors the late artist’s creativity, originality, and revolutionary art practice.
Architect Frank O. Gehry, who enjoyed a friendship with Price of almost fifty years, designed the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalogue includes essays by Stephanie Barron (exhibition curator) as well as art historians and critics Phyllis Tuchman and Dave Hickey, and an extended interview with the artist by MaLin Wilson Powell.
Jazz has figured prominently in Ken Price’s work; a student of jazz great Chet Baker, Price's sculptures draw inspiration from the perfect balance of melodic artistry and surprising improvisation in 1940s and 50s jazz. A special free concert saluting two of Price's musical influences, Chet Baker and Miles Davis, will take place on 4 October 2012. The exhibition will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm the day of the concert.
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