Seth Price

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Seth Price (born December 20, 1973 in East Jerusalem) is a New York-based multi-disciplinary post-conceptual artist.[1][2][3] He lives and works in New York City.[4]


Price's work is concerned with the principle of mutability and the appropriation of cultural consumerism. He is concerned with a redistribution[5] of sound, music, and written texts. Price engages in strategies of appropriation, recirculation and packaging so as to consider issues of cultural production and the distribution of information, focusing on the biopolitical implications of networked life.[6] Shifting and manipulating the detritus of commodity culture, he has made 'sculptures and videos; prints and books; music, music videos, and music compilations; wall pieces made of vacuum-formed plastic, iridescent Plexiglas, and a host of other industrial materials; and has created performance pieces and even helped to design a line of clothing.'[7]

Price makes digital paintings (most notably, his Calendar Paintings series from 2003–04),[8] videos, writes texts and essays distributed as free PDF files on the internet, creates vacuum-formed reliefs,[9] laminated wood 'silhouette' sculptures,[10] and artworks on crumpled mylar referring to Jihadist internet videos.[11][12] He also has presented numerous noise music and audio art works[13] as well as fabric 'garment sculptures' that resemble business envelopes and are fabricated by couture factories based in Garment District, Manhattan.[14] But Price makes frequent pivots between materials and contexts, based on his work as a new media art theorist. This pivot strategy is summed up by Price as follows: "Sometimes it’s good to go forward and then double back, and circle around again. To those who turned their feet around so that their tracks would confuse their pursuers: why not walk backward?".[15]


Price's work was exhibited in 2005 in the Cneai, in the 2002 and 2008 Whitney Biennials,[16] at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and in documenta 13 in 2012. He has had solo exhibitions at MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna; Kunsthalle Zürich; Modern Art Oxford (with Kelley Walker); Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Artists Space, New York; and Year, New York (with Mai-Thu Perret).[17]

In 2005, Price curated "Grey Flags" at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, a group show including Richard Artschwager, Wade Guyton, Georg Herold, Joan Jonas, and David Lieske.[18]


  • Folklore U.S. Published by Koenig Books Ltd., Serpentine Gallery, London. 2014
  • 2000 Words Published by The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art. 2014
  • Wade Guyton, Seth Price Photographic Objects. Kehrer, Heidelberg, Berlin. 2012
  • Price, Seth. Published by JRP | Ringier. 2010
  • How to disappear in America. New York: Leopard Press. 2008
  • Was Ist Los. Published by 38th Street Publishers. 2003-05
  • Dispersion. 2002
  • Seth Price: Museo D'Arte Moderna Di Bologna. Museo D'Arte Moderna Di Bologna, Bologna. 2009
  • Poems. One Star Press, Paris. 2003

Art market[edit]

Seth Price is represented by Reena Spaulings Fine Art and Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi in Berlin. [19] [20] [21] At a 2014 Christie's auction in New York, a golden, vacuum formed polysterene piece by Price called Vintage Bomber (2006) sold for $785,000, sweeping past its high estimate of $70,000.[22]


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