October 6, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Ken Price Ceramics
Sparked by his early investigation of the cup as an object, Price demonstrated a career-long interest in not only the vessel form, but the in broader duality of interior and exterior.
Read more about Ken Price ceramics in advance of the October 20, 2019 Modern Art & Design Auction.
May 16, 2016
“The two most powerful sizes,” Ken Price once wrote, “are very small and very large.” LAMA’s own Peter Loughrey discusses three remarkable examples by Price, all of which engage the spectator in musings on scale, heritage, and participation. These works, available in LAMA’s May 22, 2016 Auction of Modern Art & Design, demonstrate the artist’s extraordinary technical versatility, as well as his virtuosic creative range.
October 7, 2015
Charles Eames once said: ‘Take your pleasure seriously.’ I think Ken Price applied the same sort of philosophy to his work. There’s a sense of fun and a lightness of spirit in his ceramics and, very clearly, in his works on paper which will be on offer this Sunday. Throughout his career, he sketched for enjoyment and peace of mind. But Price is arguably the most important sculptor of clay in the late 20th century. He developed a personal visual vocabulary that shifted back and forth between geometric shapes and biomorphic forms with vibrantly colored surfaces. The lot here, Up Back, is biomorphic in a friendly way; almost like a living thing. Works in this scale with such a presence are rarely seen on the auction market. Bidders should understand that opportunities like this are exceptional. I certainly don’t expect to have another chance to present a Ken Price piece of this quality any time soon. Los Angeles Modern Auctions will offer Up Back, along with five works on paper by Ken Price this Sunday.