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.
August 20, 2015
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.