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Ken Price at Franklin Parrasch
 
     
 
Silver
1961
 
Specimen
1963-64
 
For the past 30 years or so, Ken Price has been widely regarded as one of the country's foremost ceramic artists, whose works can hold their own as sculpture. In a 1966 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the California artist caused something of a sensation with a display of strange objects in fired and painted clay, a number of which have been brought together for this New York show.

Among the eight major pieces on view, Silver (1961) looks like a metal helmet placed on a sculpture stand. From a small gash on one side of the piece, a number of purple wormlike protuberances poke through to the outside. In spite of its cold, glitzy exterior and overall machine qualities, the work, set against the backdrop of a brilliant orange wall, seems truly animated. It exudes a sense of the organic, like a strange horseshoe crab stranded on the shore. Specimen (1963-64) is another sci-fi-inspired piece. Here, the side of a red metallic egg has been gouged with small, dark hollows. Near the center, a silvery red nodule resembles a larvae emerging from a cocoon. These and all of the other works in the show seem as fresh and provocative today as they must have been at the time of their debut.

"Ken Price: Lumps, Bumps, Eggs and Specimens -- Works from the 1960s," Apr. 28-May 20, at Franklin Parrasch, 20 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019.

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