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Nancy Rubins

Nancy Rubins, Crocodylius Philodendrus, 2016–17 Cast iron, brass, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel armature, and stainless steel wire cable, 170 ½ × 216 × 192 ½ inches (433.1 × 548.6 × 489 cm)Installation view, Nancy Rubins’s studio, Topanga, CaliforniaArtwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Joel Searles

Nancy Rubins, Crocodylius Philodendrus, 2016–17

Cast iron, brass, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel armature, and stainless steel wire cable, 170 ½ × 216 × 192 ½ inches (433.1 × 548.6 × 489 cm)
Installation view, Nancy Rubins’s studio, Topanga, California
Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Joel Searles

Nancy Rubins, Dense Bud, 2016 Cast iron, bronze, stainless steel armature, and stainless steel wire cable, 116 × 142 × 132 inches (294.6 × 360.7 × 335.3 cm)Installation view, Gagosian, West 24th Street, New YorkArtwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Rob McKeever

Nancy Rubins, Dense Bud, 2016

Cast iron, bronze, stainless steel armature, and stainless steel wire cable, 116 × 142 × 132 inches (294.6 × 360.7 × 335.3 cm)
Installation view, Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York
Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Rob McKeever

Nancy Rubins, Our Friend Fluid Metal, Chunkus Majoris, 2013 Aluminum and stainless steel, 150 × 192 × 145 inches (381 × 487.7 × 368.3 cm)Installation view, Nancy Rubins’s studio, Topanga, CaliforniaArtwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Erich Koyama

Nancy Rubins, Our Friend Fluid Metal, Chunkus Majoris, 2013

Aluminum and stainless steel, 150 × 192 × 145 inches (381 × 487.7 × 368.3 cm)
Installation view, Nancy Rubins’s studio, Topanga, California
Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Erich Koyama

Nancy Rubins, Study Model (Monochrome for Paris), 2012 Handmade painted wood model boats, epoxy putty, and steel armature, 65 × 63 ¾ × 52 inches (165.1 × 161.9 × 132.1 cm)© Nancy Rubins

Nancy Rubins, Study Model (Monochrome for Paris), 2012

Handmade painted wood model boats, epoxy putty, and steel armature, 65 × 63 ¾ × 52 inches (165.1 × 161.9 × 132.1 cm)
© Nancy Rubins

Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Chicago, 2010–12 Stainless steel, stainless steel wire, and aluminum, 40 × 35 × 33 feet (12.2 × 10.7 × 10 m)Installation view, Navy Pier, ChicagoArtwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Erich Koyama

Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Chicago, 2010–12

Stainless steel, stainless steel wire, and aluminum, 40 × 35 × 33 feet (12.2 × 10.7 × 10 m)
Installation view, Navy Pier, Chicago
Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Erich Koyama

Nancy Rubins, Big Pleasure Point, 2006 Stainless steel, aluminum, and fiberglass boats, 48 × 55 × 45 feet (14.7 × 16.8 × 13.7 m)Installation view, Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, New York (presented in partnership with Public Art Fund)Artwork © Nancy Rubins

Nancy Rubins, Big Pleasure Point, 2006

Stainless steel, aluminum, and fiberglass boats, 48 × 55 × 45 feet (14.7 × 16.8 × 13.7 m)
Installation view, Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, New York (presented in partnership with Public Art Fund)
Artwork © Nancy Rubins

About

Nancy Rubins transforms industrial, manufactured objects—such as mattresses, appliances, and boats—into the building blocks of her physically commanding monumental sculptures. Acting as an intermediary between the past and future states of her chosen materials, Rubins hones the formal rather than functional qualities of the discrete components comprising a single, cohesive sculpture. The recent Monochrome series, for example, features numerous canoes and rowboats of varying size anchored around a large steel armature, suspended like leaves on the limb of a tree. Brimming with the entropic energies of a force of nature, her arrangements evoke a precarious equilibrium of objects in space. Rubins’s practice cites both the traditions of modernist American monumental sculpture as well as bricolage, ultimately serving to emphasize the aesthetic possibilities of quotidian objects.

Rubins was born in 1952 in Naples, Texas. She received a BFA in 1974 from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and an MFA in 1976 from the University of California, Davis. Recent solo exhibitions include Airplane Parts and Building, A Large Growth for San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (1994); Projects 49: Nancy Rubins, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1995); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (1997); Miami Art Museum (1999); FRAC Bourgogne, France (2005); MoMA and Airplane Parts, SculptureCenter, New York (2006); Big Pleasure Point, Lincoln Center, New York (2006); Drawing, Sculpture, Studies, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (2014); and Table and Airplane Parts, Gare de Leuglay, France (2015–17). Rubins’s work is featured in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and FRAC Bourgogne, France. Her large-scale outdoor sculptures are on permanent display at leading institutions throughout the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; and Université Paris Diderot. Rubins was honored with the Distinguished Women in the Arts Award in 2013 by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Rubins lives and works in Topanga Canyon, California.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Nancy Rubins’s 5,000 lbs. of Sonny’s Airplane Parts, Linda’s Place, and 550 lbs. of Tire-Wire (1997) being installed at Ruby City in San Antonio, Texas, 2019

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Nancy Rubins
Installation at Ruby City

Watch as Nancy Rubins’s 5,000 lbs. of Sonny’s Airplane Parts, Linda’s Place, and 550 lbs. of Tire-Wire (1997) gets installed at Ruby City, a contemporary art center in San Antonio, Texas, opening October 13, 2019. Designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Alamo Architects, Ruby City will provide a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally acclaimed artists.

Nancy Rubins’s 5,000 lbs. of Sonny’s Airplane Parts, Linda’s Place, and 550 lbs. of Tire-Wire (1997) being installed at Ruby City in San Antonio, Texas, 2019

Nancy Rubins, Crocodylius Philodendrus, 2016–17 © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Public Installation

Nancy Rubins in
Sculpture in the City 2019

June 2019–April 2020
Various locations in London
www.sculptureinthecity.org.uk

Nancy Rubins’s Crocodylius Philodendrus (2016–17) has remained on view in London’s Square Mile to be featured again in Sculpture in the City, an annual urban sculpture park. Clusters of animal forms are arranged in balanced compression and secured with tensile cables. “Tensegrity,” the term for the structural property that Rubins employs, galvanizes the aluminum, brass, bronze, and cast iron animals into purely formal, abstract components that propel into space due to their aggregate momentum. The work is from her series Diversifolia, which was first exhibited last year at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London.

Nancy Rubins, Crocodylius Philodendrus, 2016–17 © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Adriana Varejão, Pearl Song, 2018 © Adriana Varejão

Art Fair

FOG Design+Art 2018

January 17–20, 2019, booth 309
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco
fogfair.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in FOG Design+Art 2019, with modern and contemporary artworks by Joe Bradley, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Damien Hirst, Marc Newson, Giuseppe Penone, Nancy Rubins, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Adriana Varejão, Mary Weatherford, Rachel Whiteread, Jonas Wood, Richard Wright, and others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at fogfair.com. To preview our booth, go to artsy.net.

Download the full press release (PDF)

Adriana Varejão, Pearl Song, 2018 © Adriana Varejão

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Museum Exhibitions

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns

On View

The Foundation of the Museum
MOCA’s Collection

Through January 19, 2020
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
www.moca.org

To mark the museum’s fortieth anniversary, this exhibition presents a selected topography of artworks that speak to the diversity of MOCA’s collecting over the past four decades. With special emphasis on works associated with the museum’s remarkable history of exhibitions, The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection shows the institution’s holdings as shaped by a changing landscape of developments in contemporary art and curatorial focus, as well by as the social and cultural backdrops that inform them. Work by Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins, and Ed Ruscha is included.

Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns

Nancy Rubins, Agrifauna Delicata I, 2017 © Nancy Rubins

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Nancy Rubins in
ARTZUID 2019

May 17–September 15, 2019
Amsterdam
www.artzuid.nl

The sixth edition of the Amsterdam Sculpture Biennial presents more than sixty figurative sculptures and spatial installations. Work by Nancy Rubins is included.

Nancy Rubins, Agrifauna Delicata I, 2017 © Nancy Rubins

Nancy Rubins, Drawing, 2005 © Nancy Rubins

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Paper into Sculpture

October 14, 2017–February 4, 2018
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
www.nashersculpturecenter.org

This exhibition plays on tensions between commonly held understandings of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do, pushed to its physical limits. Treating paper as a material with a palpable three-dimensional presence rather than as a mere support for mark making, artists in this show use processes ranging from tearing, crumpling, and cutting to scattering, binding, and adhering to create sculptural works that take a variety of forms and suggest a range of expressive and conceptual implications. Work by Nancy Rubins and Franz West is included.

Nancy Rubins, Drawing, 2005 © Nancy Rubins

Nancy Rubins, Drawing, 2005 © Nancy Rubins

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Gray Matters

May 20–July 30, 2017
Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus
www.getty.edu

This multifaceted survey features the work of thirty-seven contemporary women artists who have explored the practice of creating en grisaille—in shades of gray. The works on display reveal the truly vibrant and variegated spectrum of black, white, and gray. Work by Nancy Rubins and Rachel Whiteread is included.

Nancy Rubins, Drawing, 2005 © Nancy Rubins

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