Also previewed this morning at the Met a new retrospective of Los Angeles artist Ken Price, who died last year, and who came to redefine contemporary sculpture by using clay beyond its known boundaries. His approach to sculpture was groundbreaking, but the exhibition teaches us the wide array of Price’s oeuvre. I loved his cup series. “The cup,” he said, “presents a set of formal restrictions—sort of a preordained structure. . . . But it can be used as a vehicle for ideas.”
And this is how Price has entered the pantheon of design, taking cups and embellishing them with snails, making them look like turtles or other creatures. Price had brought clay into new horizons, creating abstracted, geometric sculptures that are brilliantly glazed and painted, result of labor intensive, involving multiple firings and layers of glazed color that became his signature. The installation of this show was designed by one of Price’s closest friends, Frank O. Gehry, who worked closely on the show with the artist.