Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective


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By Stephanie Barron with Lauren Bergman, contributions by Stephanie Barron, Frank O. Gehry, Dave Hickey, Phyllis Tuchman, and MaLin Wilson-Powell. Photographs by Fredrik Nilsen.

For more than 50 years, Ken Price (1935-2012) challenged traditional practice with his consistently innovative work. Price's sculpture traces a unique arc within contemporary art, from the luminously glazed ovoid forms of the 1960s, through the highly polished geometric sculptures and the provocative "blobs" with their mysterious voids, to his final decade's molten-like "slumps" in arresting, stippled colors. 

This definitive catalogue, published in conjunction with the exhibition Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, organized by LACMA, features more than 100 works. Superbly reproduced color photography, including stunning detail shots and multiple views, makes this book a remarkable visual record of Price's mostly small-scale sculpture. Essays by exhibition curator Stephanie Barron, Frank O. Gehry, Dave Hickey and Phyllis Tuchman provide a lively commentary on the intimate yet dramatic appeal of Price's sculpture.  A fascinating compilation of interviews with Price by MaLin Wilson-Powell, along with a fully illustrated checklist and chronology, round out this richly detailed summation of Price's quietly daring career. His mastery of the unity of color, form, and surface has resulted in an unparalleled body of work, one that will assuredly encourage a new generation of artists to expand the possibilities of sculpture.

Stephanie Barron is Senior Curator of Modern Art at LACMA. Lauren Bergman is Assistant Curator of Modern Art at LACMA.

- Hardbound only
- 288 pages, 12-1/4 x 10 x 1-1/2 inches
- Illustrated throughout
- 2012

SKU: 4205

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