Ken Price. A Survey of Sculptures and Drawings

  • Editor: Paul Schimmel
    Texts by Paul Schimmel and Sam Thorne
    Book design: Catherine Lorenz
  • Language: English
    280 × 240 mm
    144 pages
  • Co-published with DelMonico Books / Prestel
  • 978 3 7913 5613 6
  • December 2016
  • £40 / $60 / €57 / CHF 65
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This monograph devoted to Ken Price (1935-2012) is the first publication to fully integrate the American artist’s acclaimed sculptures with his works on paper. Emerging from a cadre of innovative artists in postwar Los Angeles, Price transformed the art of ceramics, finding inspiration in a diverse array of sources: the Bauhaus, traditional Southwestern pottery, Japanese ceramics and 1960s American counterculture. Through his masterful manipulation of clay, innovative glazing and magnificent handling of colour, Price created, over the course of his career, a set of highly original forms. His works on paper echo his sculptures in their brilliant colours and fantastical subjects and convey his perceptions of the locales where he spent much of his life, namely, Los Angeles and New Mexico.

Featuring nearly two hundred full-colour images, this generously illustrated volume contains an introduction by the curator Paul Schimmel and a scholarly essay by Sam Thorne, Director of the Nottingham Contemporary. The juxtapositions of two- and three-dimensional works throughout offer readers in-depth access to the artist’s creative process. Price emerges as a multifaceted, cheerful iconoclast who approached both his work and his life with erudition and exuberance.