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Ken Price, Drawings at Matthew Marks Gallery

Where Women Rule
Where Women Rule By Ken Price All Photos By Gail)

Matthew Marks Gallery is currently hosting a retrospective of thirty-four Drawings from the estate of  Ken Price,  most on view for the first time. If you are not familiar with the work of the late ceramic artist and printmaker, this exhibit is an excellent introduction.

Untitled (Geometric Cup and Interior)
Untitled (Geometric Cup and Interior)

“I’ve been drawing since I can remember,” Price has said. “I think sculptors learn to draw so that they can see what they’ve been visualizing.” His earliest works on paper explore forms and colors for his abstract sculptures, as seen in the Specimen drawings of the early 1960s. Price also drew impossible objects, like cups with a leaping frog or a cavorting nude for a handle. In his drawings of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the imaginary spaces inhabited by these objects became more fully realized.

Two Sofas
Two Sofas

Price’s drawings provide a counterpoint to his sculptures while imagining a world they might inhabit. Two Sofas (1991), for example, shows an imaginary domestic interior with a view of anonymous downtown high-rises. A semi-fictional Los Angeles appears in several drawings, complete with clogged freeways and palm-studded skylines.

Blue Interior
Blue Interior

Installation View
Installation View

Nature became the dominant force in the drawings from the early 2000s, which feature erupting volcanoes and turbulent seas inspired by Price’s trips to Hawaii. After his 2002 move to Taos, New Mexico, Price focused more on the high-desert scenery of rocky outcroppings, dramatic sunsets, and isolated trailer homes.

Figurine Cup (Study for Silkscreen)
Figurine Cup (Study for Silkscreen)

He also began depicting his sculptural forms in nature, re-imagining them as monumental figures in the primordial landscape. The effect is both comic and mysterious, like his sculptures themselves — embodying, in the words of Lucy Lippard, “a beautiful and rather horrible strangeness that appeals to both the mind and the senses.”

Ken Price passed away in 2012 at the age of 77.

Ken Price, Drawings will be on Exhibit Through June 25th, at Matthew Marks Gallery, Located at 2016 523 West 24th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Signage

Interior
Interior

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Matthew Marks Gallery Presents Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Red
All Photos By Gail

Legendary painter Ellsworth Kelly will celebrate ninety years on the planet on May 31st, 2013. In honor of his seven decades spent shaping and contributing to the world of modern art, Matthew Marks Gallery is hosting exhibits of Kelley’s work in three of its Chelsea gallery spaces. These paintings and sculptures are classic representations of Kelley’s signature Color Field works and his grounding in the minimalist school of painting.

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Blue and Yellow

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Black and White

Ellsworth Kelly With Friends 2013
Elsworth Kelly (Center) Chats with Friends outside the Matthew Marks Gallery on West 22nd Street at the Show’s Opening Reception

Happy Birthday Mr. Kelly and thank you for your beautiful art!

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Reflective C

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety will be on view through June 29, 2013 at Matthew Marks’ three gallery spaces, Located at 502 and 522 West 22nd Street, and 523 West 24th Street, New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety Red and Black Bars