On Wednesday, September 12th, LACMA held a memorial and private viewing of the much-deserved retrospective for beloved sculptor, Ken Price, who passed away earlier this year, surrounded by his family in their home in Taos, New Mexico. This exhibition was three years in the making, the design of the show by Ken’s close friend Frank Gehry, who spoke at the LACMA memorial, along with artists Vija Clemins, Ed Ruscha, Ron Nagle, Tony Berlant, art collector Joan Agajanian Quinn, Ken’s son-in-law, Carl Colonius, and Ken and Happy’s son, Jackson Price. We were so blessed to have been there and to witness the love for Ken shared with all of us in the packed LACMA theatre. As Tony Berlant so eloquently and simply stated, “When I saw Kenny, I thought of his work. When I saw his work, I thought of Kenny.” He was not just a beloved artist, but a beloved man, as well.
For a wonderful read about this retrospective’s evolution of 34 years from Stephanie Barron, LACMA’s Senior Curator and Department Head of Modern Art, both on a personal and professional level over the course of three decades, visit this link on the LACMA site: FROM “HAPPY’S CURIO’S” TO “KEN PRICE SCULPTURE: A RETROSPECTIVE.”
The museum has a fantastic flickr slideshow of Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, but we highly recommend experiencing this show in person. It is truly magnificent and incredibly beautiful. As Kenny’s son Jackson said on Wednesday night, this collection of Ken’s work is a reminder that though there is significant and acute pain and anguish at the loss of Kenny, there is so much beauty he brought to this world.
The show is on view at LACMA from September 16th – January 6, 2013, ultimately moving to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the summer of 2013.