Ken Price: Works and Photos, 1961–2011

  • 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.


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  • Irving Blum, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Ken Price in 1966. (Photo courtesy of

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  • Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Gifford Phillips. Permission courtesy Ken Price Studio.

  • Photo courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

  • "The exhibition was the culmination of six years of work, and Death Shrine I was re-installed in the Harwood Museum of Art in 2010." Photo courtesy of

  • Included in the 2012 LACMA retrospective, photo courtesy of its website

  • Photo courtesy of Franklin Parrasch Gallery

  • Photo courtesy of Franklin Parrasch Gallery, included in a 2008 show of Mr. Price's works from the late 1980s

  • Photo courtesy of Artforum

  • Photo courtesy of L.A. Louver

  • Included in Price's acclaimed solo show at Matthew Marks in 2010. Photo courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

  • Photo courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

  • From the 2010 exhibition “Josef Albers/Ken Price” at the Brooke Alexander Gallery. Photo courtesy of the New York Times

  • Photo courtesy of Brian Forrest

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  • Photo courtesy of Price family and Matthew Marks Gallery