Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper 1962-2010
The Harwood Museum of Art is pleased to host this landmark exhibition marking the first retrospective to highlight Ken Price (1935-2012) and his long-term commitment to drawing. This exhibition includes a selection of thirty-eight works on paper tracking Price’s dedication to drawing over a period of fifty years, and demonstrating Price's ongoing exploration of the medium. This retrospective was curated by Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and co-organized by The Drawing Center, NY, NY & the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
A Los Angeles and Taos–based sculptor, Price sustained a quiet storm of intense creativity with drawing that, until recently, remained under the art world’s radar. Drawing has a time-honored status among sculptors as an expedient way to dream on paper without having to worry about an idea’s material realization. For years Price drew with no audience in mind. Drawing functioned early on as a means to explore multiple themes, some decidedly sculptural, to visualize an object’s physical properties and presentation, and, in some instances, to determine if it was worth tackling in clay. Drawing also functioned from the start as a way to relax, to stretch out and improvise imaginary scenes, and, at times, to fantasize. Price always approached drawing as an independent endeavor with its own inherent challenges and rewards.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ken Price (1935–2012) was born in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on February 16. He enrolled in his first ceramics course at Santa Monica City College in 1953, a year after he took classes in life drawing and cartooning at Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). His notion of ceramic sculpture evolved significantly during his studies with Peter Voulkos, from 1955 to 1957, at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (later Otis Art Institute). In 1959 he received an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He had his first solo exhibition in 1960 at the now legendary Ferus Gallery. Since then Price’s work has been extensively published and exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1992 Walter Hopps, director of the Menil Collection, Houston, organized a prescient survey of his sculptures. In 2004, the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, mounted an exhibition of sculptures and works on paper from 1994 to 2004. And in 2012 the Los Angeles County Museum of Art organized Ken Price Sculpture: A Restrospective, which traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York.
Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper 1962-2010 is curated by Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Co-organized by The Drawing Center, NY, NY & Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
The Harwood Museum of Art's spring exhibitions are made possible in part by The Robert Lehman Foundation, New Mexico Humanities Council, George and Janara Bornstein, Rosamaria Ellis Clark, Kay Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Klein, Joann Phillips, Joyce and Sherman Scott, El Meze Restaurant, Taos Inn, and other supporters.