Art: The Faberge of Funk

The tiny, witty works of California ceramist Ken Price belie the notion that real sculpture ought to be big

Anyone who still believes in rigid divisions of importance between craft and fine art -- pottery and sculpture, for instance -- could do worse than visit the show by the California ceramist Ken Price, now on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Artists have been making sculpture out of baked clay since the dawn of time -- mud was God's medium for fashioning Adam -- and yet, in America, there lingers an irrational feeling that "real" sculpture ought to be made of steel, or bronze, or stone, or wood: anything but clay, in fact.

Price's work, in its terse,...

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