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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Ken Price

October 7, 2015

LAMA, Ken Price, October 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.