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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 1/2 × 216 × 192 1/2 inches (433.1 × 548.6 × 489 cm) © Nancy Rubins Installation view at Nancy Rubins's Studio, Topanga, CA, photo by Joel Searles

Nancy Rubins Crocodylius Philodendrus, 2016–17

Cast iron, brass, bronze, aluminum, stainless steel armature, and stainless steel wire cable 170 1/2 × 216 × 192 1/2 inches (433.1 × 548.6 × 489 cm) © Nancy Rubins Installation view at Nancy Rubins's Studio, Topanga, CA, photo by Joel Searles

Nancy Rubins Dense Bud, 2016 Casted iron, bronze, stainless steel armature, and stainless steel wire cable 116 × 142 × 132 inches (294.6 × 360.7 × 335.3 cm) Artwork © Nancy Rubins Installation view at Gagosian West 24th Street, New York, photo by Rob McKeever

Nancy Rubins Dense Bud, 2016

Casted iron, bronze, stainless steel armature, and stainless steel wire cable 116 × 142 × 132 inches (294.6 × 360.7 × 335.3 cm) Artwork © Nancy Rubins Installation view at Gagosian West 24th Street, New York, photo by 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 at Nancy Rubins's Studio, Topanga, CA, photo by 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 at Nancy Rubins's Studio, Topanga, CA, photo by 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 inches (12.2 × 10.7 × 10 m) Artwork © Nancy Rubins Installation view at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, photo by Erich Koyama

Nancy Rubins Monochrome for Chicago, 2010–12

Stainless steel, stainless steel wire, and aluminum 40 × 35 × 33 inches (12.2 × 10.7 × 10 m) Artwork © Nancy Rubins Installation view at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, photo by Erich Koyama

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

Nancy Rubins Big Pleasure Point, 2006

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

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.

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Ed Ruscha, Even Though He’s Light Years Away, His Heart Belongs to Me, 1963 © Ed Ruscha

Art Fair

Seattle Art Fair

August 2–5, 2018, booth A09
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle
www.seattleartfair.com

Gagosian is pleased to present Out of This World: Artists Explore Space, a booth curated by Larry Gagosian for the 2018 Seattle Art Fair. The presentation gathers works that reveal artistic and scientific explorations of the cosmos. Featured artists include Richard Avedon, Andisheh Avini, Chris Burden, Alexander Calder, Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Neil Jenney, Mike Kelley, Yves Klein, Vera Lutter, Brice Marden, Marc Newson, Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Taryn Simon, Yves Tanguy, and Andy Warhol, among 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 seattleartfair.com.

Ed Ruscha, Even Though He’s Light Years Away, His Heart Belongs to Me, 1963 © Ed Ruscha

Nancy Rubins, Crocodylius Philodendrus, 2016–17 (detail) © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Public Installation

Nancy Rubins in
Sculpture in the City 2018

June 27, 2018–April 15, 2019
Various locations in London
www.sculptureinthecity.org.uk

Nancy Rubins’s Crocodylius Philodendrus (2016–17) is featured in Sculpture in the City, an annual urban sculpture park set in London’s Square Mile. 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 bronze 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 at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, earlier this year.

Nancy Rubins, Crocodylius Philodendrus, 2016–17 (detail) © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Nancy Rubins, Study: Big Edge, 2009. Photo: Rob Ebeltoft

Installation

Nancy Rubins

August 3–6, 2017
CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle 
www.seattleartfair.com

Three sculptures by Nancy Rubins will be installed throughout the public areas of the Seattle Art Fair. Known for her large-scale assemblages of found objects, this selected presentation of studies allows for an intimate consideration of the artist’s iconic boat sculptures and reveals the system of compression and tension utilized in the large-scale works. 

Nancy Rubins, Study: Big Edge, 2009. Photo: Rob Ebeltoft

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Museum Exhibitions

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