Sculptor Ken Price passed away at his home in New Mexico. Mr. Price, 77, had been suffering from tongue and throat cancer in recent years. In the early 1960s, Price was a trailblazing figure in the development of the Los Angeles art scene, a movement which arose around the short-lived Ferus Gallery, with surfers and artists such as Robert Irwin, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, John Altoon, John McCracken and Ed Ruscha.
Recent years have seen a surge in interest for such shows as 2010’s “Josef Albers/Ken Price” at the Brooke Alexander Gallery, and his 2010 solo show at Matthew Marks. As evidenced by his bright palette and globular shapes, Mr. Price was highly influenced by “low art,” especially folk art and cartoons. LACMA is currently planning a major retrospective of his work, which will travel to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the Met in 2013.
Click the slide show above to see work by Mr. Price.