Transformative ceramist Ken Price dies in NM at 77

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TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Ken Price, an internationally known artist whose glazed and painted clay blurred the lines between ceramics and sculpture, has died at age 77 at his home in New Mexico.

Family and friends gathered Sunday for Price's wake. A makeshift memorial has also developed at The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, which hosts the only one of Price's Mexican folk-inspired shrines on exhibit.

The Los Angeles Times first reported Price's death Friday morning (http://lat.ms/xDQfow). Price had struggled with tongue and throat cancer for several years.

Before his death, he completed preparations for a 50-year retrospective that's scheduled to open at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this fall.

Born in Los Angeles in 1935, Price's work was known for its bright colors and organic shapes. Despite being ill, friends say he continued working at his Taos studio until his death.

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