Tiki Motel, from The Plain of Smokes

A work made of color screenprint on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of color screenprint on white wove paper.




Ken Price (American, 1935–2012)
written by Harvey Mudd (American, born 1940)
printed by Gary Lichtenstein (American)
published by Arabesque Books

About this artwork

Known principally as a ceramicist, Ken Price emerged with a group of Los Angeles–based surfer-artists in the sixties that included, among others, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, and Larry Bell. Price’s three-dimensional work consists predominantly of ceramic cups and polymorphous sculptures that emphasize clean lines, smooth surfaces, and colorful glazes. These aesthetic principles carry over into his two dimensional works as well, as his illustrations for Harvey Mudd’s book-length poem The Plain of Smokes demonstrate. The poem—written in four parts, from four different points of view, in four very different styles—is an ode to the Los Angeles that shaped both the artist and the poet. The Plain of Smokes was a true artist–poet collaboration—each motivating revisions in the other’s work. Price, for example, responded specifically to Mudd’s verse with Smiling Bather, and after seeing Price’s image Club Zebra, Mudd reworked the poem to include it.

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Prints and Drawings


Kenneth Price


Tiki Motel, from The Plain of Smokes


United States




Color screenprint on white wove paper


277 x 217 mm (image); 379 x 314 mm (sheet)

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Gift of Christopher J. Lewis

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