See Ken Price Retrospective At The Metropolitan Museum

Dated: 08/29/2013

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While I was studying in my college days at the San Francisco Art Institute, I had the great good fortune to be able to study with Ken Price himself while he was a visiting artist. There is a current, wonderful exhibition of his sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, running from June 18, 2013 through September 22, 2013. The exhibition- entitled Ken Price Sculpture- A Retrospective- will show approximately 65 examples of his work from the years 1959 through 2012. The sculptures range from the sublime luminously glazed ovoid forms of his early work to the molton-like slumps he has made since the 1990's. In addition to which, the exhibition will feature 11 late works on paper by this artist. Ken Price's close friend Frank O. Gehry designed the exhibition. 
Ken Price was born on February 16, 1935 and he died on February 24, 2012. Born and raised in Los Angelos, he knew from a very early age that he wanted to be an artist. You can go on line and look up the story of his life and times on Wikepedia (which is where I got all of my information from). His degrees are, for all intents and purposes- practically endless and his artistic pedigrees are perfect. Suffice it to say that from his exuberant beginnings at his first ceramics course at Santa Monica City College in
1954, to the attainment of his BFA  degree granted to him by the University of Southern California in 1956, he was unstoppable. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute  and then,while a student at USC, Price spent time visiting the ceramics studio at the Otis Art Institute where the ceramic artist Peter Voulkus was teaching.  Ken Price has said that, at Otis, they were a group of people who were committed to clay as a material and wanted to use it in ways that had something to do with their time and place. In 1958, Price left Otis for Alfred University and experimented a lot with low-fire, brightly colored glazes.  He also, apparently wanted to get away from the singularly strong influence which Voulkus had on him. In 1959, Price returned to Los Angelos after having received an MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  Aside from a short six months Price spent in Japan in 1962, he and his wife Happy would remain in Los Angelos until 1970, when they relocated to Taos, New Mexico.  So, I won't tell you any more of it, but I implore you to get yourselves (before September 22, 2013), to the Metropolitan Museum as fast as you can- without breaking the speed limit.
Most of the Libraries have day passes to the NYC Museums which you can sign out like a book. For more information on this show and others in The Metropolitan Museum's Fall line-up please get in touch with them at  web.site@metmuseum.org  or call them at tele# 1-212-535-7710. Set your Garmin or Tom Tom or whatever you use to: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, 10028-0198.
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