Working amongst a group of innovative artists who emerged from the creative landscape of 1960s Los Angeles, Ken Price spearheaded a revolutionary shift in the traditional conception of ceramics from a purely functional medium to the realm of art object. Finding inspiration in sources diverse as the Bauhaus, Japanese ceramics, classic Southwestern pottery, jazz music and counter cultures of the 1960s, he developed a unique contemporary language. His oeuvre revelled in psychedelic colour, biomorphic form and erotic innuendo. Drawing represented a particularly joyful element within the artist’s practice and throughout his career Ken Price produced an extensive body of works on paper. With their fantastical compositions and brilliant colour palette they both echo and illuminate his sculpture. Drawn from a private collection in the US, the presentation occupies both gallery spaces and comprises over 180 works, spanning a period of more than 40 years. Hauser & Wirth presents a large group of the artist’s work, introducing him to a country with a great tradition of ceramic art.
Read more about Ken Price in Art Aurea’s issue 2-2017 with the focus on ceramic art.
Ken Price – A Survey of Sculptures and Drawings, 1959–2006
Hauser & Wirth, London
23 Savile Row
London W1S 2ET