For more than 50 years, Ken Price created remarkable and unique objects that have redefined contemporary sculpture practice. Published in conjunction with a LACMA organized retrospective exhibition, this monograph features superbly reproduced color photographs of Price’s vibrant and anthropomorphic work, which has garnered a cult like following among artists, critics, and scholars since the 1960s. Also included are essays tracing the arc of Price’s career and addressing his development as a colorist; a compilation of in-depth interviews from 1980 to 2011; and an appreciation by his friend Frank Gehry, who is also designing the exhibition. An illustrated checklist and chronology as well as an anthology of historical texts from the 1960s allow readers to envision the remarkable trajectory of Price’s work. Examining the artist’s prolific career and influence, this authoritative book on Price will serve as the catalyst for further scholarly investigation.
“If there’s any justice in the world, [this catalogue] will win awards for its arresting style.” —Art in America “In Ken Price Sculpture…his colorful, modestly scaled, exceptionally photogenic ceramic sculptures appear in reverse chronological order….Price’s fans will particularly appreciate the numerous photographs of his works in different states of completion in this book.” – The New York Times “Thanks in part to the much-touted photographs by Ken Price’s work by Fredrik Nilsen, Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective was the most beautiful exhibition catalogue of the year.” – Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes “If there’s a more beautiful museum exhibition catalog than LACMA’s Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, I haven’t seen it. Exquisitely designed by Lorraine Wild and featuring knockout new photographs by Fredrik Nilson of every work in the show, the book sets a standard of excellence that matches Price’s extraordinary art.” – The Los Angeles Times “Does this book deserve praise from every direction? It does. ….Not just another look-book for collectors, this extensive collection of photographs includes exhibition shots, glimpses into Price’s studio and stunning landscapes of Taos, New Mexico, the site of Price’s larger workshop.” – The Art Book Review