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Ken Price
Crystal Cup #3
ca. 1980
Sotheby's New York
May 15, 2008
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Ken Price

by Jerry Saltz

Ken Price, who died in New Mexico on Feb. 24, 2012, made dazzlingly colored visionary clay constructions, planar extensions of Cubism as complex and concentrated as Picasso's absinthe cup, mineral-mini-worlds with reptilian skins and black-holes, and super-color-saturated sexual drawings. His large scale phosphorescently flecked mounds with their flickering bird-of-paradise surfaces look like living hallucinations. All of these are among the most densely sensuous and inspired sculptural works ever produced in this country. Price said "every aspect of the physical work should be brought to full resolution." That is exactly the optical intensity Price achieved over 50 years of brilliance.


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