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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Ken Price

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Stephanie Barron, the curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s major retrospective of Ken Price. The exhibition is in member previews and opens to the public on Sept. 16.

Ken Price is a sculptor who worked with clay, paint and forms rooted in whimsy, erotics and the history of sculpture across many cultures. Price died in February at age 77.  His work is in the collection of virtually every major museum in the United States. LACMA’s exhibition will travel to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stephanie Barron is LACMA’s senior curator of modern art. Her exhibition credits include co-curating with Maurice Tuchman a retrospective of David Hockney, an exhibition of Hockney’s portraits and a series of landmark exhibitions on German modern and contemporary art,  exhibitions which won nearly every award available. Barron wrote this piece for LACMA’s Unframed blog about her experience working on the show.

Among the topics we discuss are:

  • The forms Price creates and where they come from, in particular the wonderful orifices that puncture Price’s work for more than 20 years;
  • Price’s wicked sense of humor, which was evident in his work throughout his career;
  • Price’s interest in not just sculpture, but installation art as well; and
  • Architect Frank Gehry’s design of the exhibition.

On the second segment, Carnegie Museum of Art architecture curator Raymund Ryan discusses his upcoming exhibition “White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes.” The exhibition looks at a new type of art museum that has emerged in recent years, one that melds inventive architectural forms with landscape design. These new spaces are typically made to receive conceptual and installation art. Among the projects included in the show are Brazil’s Instituto Inhotim, designed by Arquitetos Associados,  Benesse Art Site Naoshima, designed by Tadao Ando, and Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park, which was designed by Weiss Manfredi. The exhibition opens on Sept. 22.

How to listen: To download the program to your PC/mobile device, click here. Subscribe to The Modern Art Notes Podcast via iTunes or RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

Ken Price, Orange, 1961. Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington.

Ken Price, L. Red, 1963. Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy LACMA.

Ken Price, Slate Cup, ca. 1972. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy LACMA.

Ken Price, Reltny, 1983. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy LACMA.

Ken Price, Big Load, 1988. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy LACMA.

Ken Price, Underhung, 1997. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy LACMA.

Ken Price, Arctic, 1998. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy LACMA.

Ken Price, 100% Pure, 2005.

Ken Price, Zizi, 2011. Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy LACMA.

Be sure to click here for Iwan Baan images of each of the six projects featured in CMOA’s “White Cube, Green Maze.”

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