The Week Ahead @ the Henry

We are super excited to offer you FOUR amazing exhibitions this summer. Yeah, we said FOUR in one summer!

Just opened for your museum-going pleasure is Ken Price: Inside/Outside.

Ken Price
Ken Price (U.S., 1935 – 2012). Heat Wave portfolio and book. 1995. Published by Black Sparrow Graphic Arts, Santa Rosa, CA. This is number 134 of an edition of 170. Henry Art Gallery, gift of Burt and Jane Berman, 2006.43.16

 

This focused exhibition presents, for the first time, holdings in the Henry’s collection by the late Los Angeles-based artist Ken Price (U.S., 1935-2012). The pieces, dating from the 1970s to the 1990s, highlight the representational drawing and narrative approach that Price practiced alongside his more widely known abstract clay sculpture. Images of private and public, interior and exterior spaces look both inward and outward.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Heat Wave (1995), a portfolio that takes modern Los Angeles as its subject and pairs Price’s visual imagery with the poetry of the celebrated underground poet and fiction writer Charles Bukowski (U.S., b. Germany, 1920-1994). Price’s high-keyed color images of vacant interior spaces and the traffic-clogged, yet hauntingly still, cityscape have an eerie quality and provide a visual counterpoint to Bukowski’s acerbic poems. Characteristic of Price’s work, the pleasures and promise of the colorful images give way to deeper meditations on sometimes painful and banal realities. The works in the exhibition show how Price mined physical space for psychological affect to evoke feelings of emptiness, desire, and disappointment, while inviting viewers to discover the surreal in the ordinary.

Opening July 19:

 

With Hidden Noise

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch & Stephen Vitiello

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See*ing

 

Want to see the summer exhibitions early? We’re hosting a special Member Preview on Thursday, July 17th.

 

 

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