Los Angeles

Ken Price

L.A. Louver

Ken Price’s high-polish, bold-color, lumpy organic forms are often discussed in one of two ways. The first involves how his work straddles the categories of art and craft—a conundrum that should remain mostly of interest to librarians who have to decide where to shelve his catalogues. The other goes something along the lines of “I like it, but I don’t know why,” usually uttered with a hint of naughtiness—the critical equivalent of sneaking a cigarette at a health spa.

If Price’s recent works do anything for the art-versus-craft discussion, I hope it will be to put one more nail in its coffin, as these mostly acrylic-painted ceramic forms clearly inspire more interesting considerations than the question of whether hang-ups about form, function, and material justify calling them sculpture or pottery. (Price’s forays into bronze don’t help with the clay-equals-craft equation either.) As for

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