Today @ AK
Home > Exhibitions > Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962–2010

Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962–2010

Friday, September 27, 2013–Sunday, January 19, 2014

Liquid Rock, 2004. Acrylic and ink on paper, 17 3/4 x 13 7/8 inches (45.1 x 35.2 cm). Estate of Ken Price, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

On View in the 1905 Albright Building

Co-organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and The Drawing Center, this exhibition includes more than sixty works on paper by the sculptor Ken Price (American, 1935–2012), many of which have rarely been exhibited. While the artist is best known for his sculpture, which draws heavily on traditional Mexican ceramics and the Southwestern folk art that the artist grew up with, this exhibition offers a rare look at his dedication to the medium of drawing. Including a “Friends of Ken Price” gallery featuring works from the Albright-Knox’s renowned Collection, Slow and Steady Wins the Race highlights the museum’s ongoing engagement with Price’s influential work.

Born in Los Angeles, Price began his artistic career at the age of 18 at Santa Monica City College, going on to earn his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1959. After his first solo exhibition in 1960, his sculpture continued to affect the art world through exhibitions all over the world. A member of the West Coast community for most of his life, Price helped to foster the eruption of the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles in the 1960s.

Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962–2010 opened at The Drawing Center, New York, on June 19, 2013, and will be on view there through August 18, 2013. After leaving the Albright-Knox, the exhibition travels to the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico, where it will be on view from February 22 to May 4, 2014.

An exhibition catalogue produced by The Drawing Center will be on sale in Shop AK at the time of the exhibition. This extensively illustrated volume includes an essay by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon and a foreword by Brett Littman, Director of The Drawing Center.

Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962–2010 is co-organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and The Drawing Center.

It is made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major support for the exhibition and accompanying catalogue is provided by the Matthew Marks Gallery, Dedalus Foundation, James Corcoran, Tracy Lew, and Beth Rudin DeWoody. Additional funding is provided by Franklin Parrasch, Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, and Sara Szold. 

Gallery admission is required to view this special exhibition on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY

Related Events

Members' Receptions

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5–7 pm
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 5–7 pm

After Hours @ AK: Tour of Ken Price Exhibition and Magic Hat Beer Tasting
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:30–8 pm 
FREE for After Hours @ AK Partners and Members at the $300 level and above

Related Publication

Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962-2010

Drawing Papers 105

Available in Shop AK

Related Lesson Plan

Ken Price: Weather or Not
(For Grades K–6)


  • Listen to Charles Bukowski read six of his poems from the book Heat Wave, 1995, which also includes serigraphs by Ken Price. The poems are:

    "Sundays Kill More Men Than Bombs"
    "A 340 Dollar Horse and a Hundred Dollar Whore"
    "7th Race When the Angels Swung Low and Burned"
    "Fire Station"
    "Don't Come Round But If You Do" 

    The book and Price's screen prints for Heat Wave are on view in the exhibition.