Ken Price

American , 1935 - 2012

Since the 1960s, Ken Price has been investigating the properties of ceramics and is often credited with breaking rigid divisions between art and craft. Yet Price's true allure lies in his talent for integrating lustrous surface quality with enigmatic sculptural forms. In the 1960s, Price broke from ceramic tradition, using auto enamels and industrial pigments as the finish for his first mature clay series of organic "egg" shapes. For decades Price also fashioned clay cups and mugs with constructivist and organic themes, uprooting the conventional look and feel of a familiar, functional knickknack. In recent years, Price has developed forms that range in appearance from amoeba-like blobs to geological nodes with geometric incisions. Price finishes these works with speckled, suave veneers or iridescent gem tones. His latest biomorphic creations are playful, gelatinous creatures. Some of these are quite graphic, which is of little surprise when one considers Price's substantial graphic and print career. In addition to landscape scenes, Price has created numerous silk-screens and lithographs with erotic figures composed in a pop-comic poster style.
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Untitled (Interior with Cityscape)

1981

Brooke Alexander, Inc.

$2,200 - $5,500

Kauai Crab Cup

1972

Brooke Alexander, Inc.

$2,200 - $5,500