DOUGLAS DREISHPOON is Chief Curator Emeritus at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Director of Catalogue Raisonné at the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. His forthcoming book, What is Sculpture?, part of the Documents of 20th Century Art Series, will be published by the University of California Press.
Price’s unconventional sculpture captivated my imagination more than twenty years ago when I saw it in New York at the Willard Gallery on East 72nd Street: a tiny forest of finely sliced and brashly painted amorphic mounds, so outrageous and yet so right.
The lure of lucre means different things to different people, depending on who you are and who you aspire to be. When business and big money brand so many vectors of the cultural landscape, it’s refreshing to see market-elevated icons like Andy Warhol and Vincent van Gogh handled, as they are in Donna De Salvo’s Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Julian Schnabel’s new film, At Eternity’s Gate, in ways that restore their humanity by focusing on the art—where, how, and when it got made.