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LAND OF ENCHANTMENT / ATOMIC SUMMER: THE WORK OF TONY PRICE

  • PHIL SPACE 1410 2nd Street Santa Fe, NM, 87505 United States (map)

PHIL SPACE Gallery, Andrew Ungerleider, and the Friends of Tony Price are proud to present a major exhibition of the legacy and work of the visionary artist Tony Price.

TONY PRICE was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937 and in 1967 he landed near Los Alamos, New Mexico, having spent the 1960s traveling the US and Europe amongst concentric circles of artists, beatniks and emergent hippies. In Los Alamos, he discovered Ed Grothus’ Black Hole, the famed laboratory salvage yard, and he began to create utilitarian objects such as chairs and tables and musical instruments, as well as wind chimes and gongs, out of the lab’s military-industrial “junk”. Price was so horrified by the bomb's potential to thoroughly alter lives by its mere existence, and to end all life by its actual use, that he committed his life to making art with a meaning. He later moved on to creating sculptures, and his most famous works are a group of primitive-inspired masks created out of scrap metal, many of them based on Hopi kachinas. In 1983 filmmakers Glen Silber and Claudia Vianello completed a documentary on price titled "Atomic Artist” that aired nationally on PBS in 1986. In September 1986, Price was given a solo exhibition in the New Mexico Governor's Gallery at the state capitol. The New Mexico Museum of Art organized a major retrospective in 2004 that traveled to the United Nations in 2005. 

Price’s works of transformed nuclear detritus are celebrated and collected worldwide.

Earlier Event: February 23
SHELLEY HORTON-TRIPPE / HIGH BROW LOW RIDE