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Artist Spotlight: Ken Price Ceramics

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.

Just In: Ken Price’s ‘Groota’

August 16, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)
Ken Price, “Groota”, 1985
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Ken Price’s career-long investigation of the relationship between interiority and exteriority becomes particularly acute in works like “Groota” (1985), which LAMA is pleased to include in our upcoming September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction. The tensions between art and craft, interior and exterior, are perfectly articulated in the series of two-piece clay sculptures that Price began working on in the mid-1980s.

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.

Ken Price Biomorphic Sculpture

August 20, 2015

Ken Price, Up Back, 2000

Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer a colorful Ken Price sculpture in the upcoming October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction. Central to the California Clay Movement, Ken Price was one of the Los Angeles artists whose experimentation in ceramic sculpture revolutionized the medium to high art. In the sixties, at a young age, Price established himself in the emerging art scene with solo shows at the famed Ferus Gallery, in the company of artists and friends such as Billy Al Bengston and Robert Irwin. Price described his early works as reminiscent of “mountain peaks, breasts, eggs, worms, worm trails, the damp undersides of things, intestines, veins and the like.” The sculpture on offer, Up Back, made in 2000, is similar to many of the biomorphic sculptures from the 2000s prominently featured in the exhibition Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2012-2013. On the market for the first time, this piece was acquired directly from the artist.

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