On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Ken Price studied ceramics with Peter Voulkos at Otis Art Institute in the mid-1950s, but later in the decade, after receiving his master’s degree from Alfred University, Price moved away from the utilitarian forms of traditional ceramics. In 1959, he began a series of dome-shaped pots using bright, often acid-colored glazes. Though these works are related to conventional pots—each one is capped by a small lid and could be used to store things—their curiously mounded forms and abstract designs demonstrate Price’s experimental approach to ceramics, as well as his interest in surrealist sculpture and abstract expressionist painting. Works from this series were shown in Price’s first solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in 1960.