ken price up back sculpture

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.