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Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Balanced Stack of Pottery and Knife, 2005 Collage on paper, 28 × 22 ½ inches (71.1 × 57.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Balanced Stack of Pottery and Knife, 2005

Collage on paper, 28 × 22 ½ inches (71.1 × 57.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Big Grid/DB Deth, 2008 Formica, spray paint, and wood, 84 × 84 × 36 inches (213.4 × 213.4 × 91.4 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Big Grid/DB Deth, 2008

Formica, spray paint, and wood, 84 × 84 × 36 inches (213.4 × 213.4 × 91.4 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/KKDETHZ, 2009 Clear urethane block, dye, wood, spray paint, and formica, in 2 parts, overall: 60 ½ × 62 ½ × 34 inches (153.7 × 158.8 × 86.4 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/KKDETHZ, 2009

Clear urethane block, dye, wood, spray paint, and formica, in 2 parts, overall: 60 ½ × 62 ½ × 34 inches (153.7 × 158.8 × 86.4 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Brass Ketamine User, 2010 Ceramic, 15 × 27 × 14 inches (38.1 × 68.6 × 35.6 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Brass Ketamine User, 2010

Ceramic, 15 × 27 × 14 inches (38.1 × 68.6 × 35.6 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, SP137, 2010 Spray paint on canvas, 125 × 185 inches (317.5 × 469.9 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, SP137, 2010

Spray paint on canvas, 125 × 185 inches (317.5 × 469.9 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, VAMPIRE 47, 2011 Fabric and fiberfill, 84 × 45 × 4 inches (213.4 × 114.3 × 10.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, VAMPIRE 47, 2011

Fabric and fiberfill, 84 × 45 × 4 inches (213.4 × 114.3 × 10.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, CDCR, 2011 PVC pipe, foam, urethane, wood, and spray paint, 64 × 240 × 66 ½ inches (162.6 × 609.6 × 168.9 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, CDCR, 2011

PVC pipe, foam, urethane, wood, and spray paint, 64 × 240 × 66 ½ inches (162.6 × 609.6 × 168.9 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, SCXV3ST/BD, 2012 Fiberglass, wood, spray paint, and formica, in 2 parts, drop: 84 × 19 × 19 inches (213.4 × 48.3 × 48.3 cm), pedestal: 36 × 34 × 34 inches (91.4 × 86.4 × 86.4 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, SCXV3ST/BD, 2012

Fiberglass, wood, spray paint, and formica, in 2 parts, drop: 84 × 19 × 19 inches (213.4 × 48.3 × 48.3 cm), pedestal: 36 × 34 × 34 inches (91.4 × 86.4 × 86.4 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, EXHM (3916), 2012 Collage, paint, and urethane on cardboard, 98 × 97 inches (248.9 × 246.4 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, EXHM (3916), 2012

Collage, paint, and urethane on cardboard, 98 × 97 inches (248.9 × 246.4 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Stove 3, 2013 Stainless steel, 54 ¾ × 14 × 33 inches (139.1 × 35.6 × 83.8 cm), edition of 6 + 2 AP© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Stove 3, 2013

Stainless steel, 54 ¾ × 14 × 33 inches (139.1 × 35.6 × 83.8 cm), edition of 6 + 2 AP
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, SCALE (4586), 2013 Steel, paint, cardboard, yarn, and mixed media, 97 × 75 × 70 inches (246.4 × 190.5 × 177.8 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, SCALE (4586), 2013

Steel, paint, cardboard, yarn, and mixed media, 97 × 75 × 70 inches (246.4 × 190.5 × 177.8 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, The Cup, 2013 Foam, urethane, wood, and spray paint, 92 × 115 ½ × 88 inches (233.7 × 293.4 × 223.5 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, The Cup, 2013

Foam, urethane, wood, and spray paint, 92 × 115 ½ × 88 inches (233.7 × 293.4 × 223.5 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, FLAG (4791), 2014 Bleached and dyed canvas, denim, and elastic, 174 ½ × 343 inches (443.2 × 871.2 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, FLAG (4791), 2014

Bleached and dyed canvas, denim, and elastic, 174 ½ × 343 inches (443.2 × 871.2 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, SP288, 2014 Spray paint on synthetic canvas, 96 × 84 inches (243.8 × 213.4 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, SP288, 2014

Spray paint on synthetic canvas, 96 × 84 inches (243.8 × 213.4 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, DRAG (BANKER), 2015 Steel, engine blocks, and paint, 51 ½ × 145 × 74 ¼ inches (130.8 × 368.3 × 188.6 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, DRAG (BANKER), 2015

Steel, engine blocks, and paint, 51 ½ × 145 × 74 ¼ inches (130.8 × 368.3 × 188.6 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, DEEP FLAG (5532), 2015 Bleached fleece and elastic, 174 ½ × 316 inches (443.2 × 802.6 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, DEEP FLAG (5532), 2015

Bleached fleece and elastic, 174 ½ × 316 inches (443.2 × 802.6 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Installation view, Sterling Ruby: STOVES, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, October 21, 2015–February 14, 2016 Artwork © Sterling Ruby

Installation view, Sterling Ruby: STOVES, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, October 21, 2015–February 14, 2016

Artwork © Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, HOT FLAT LIGHT, 2017 Acrylic, oil, elastic, and cardboard on canvas, framed: 59 × 45 ½ inches (149.9 × 115.6 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, HOT FLAT LIGHT, 2017

Acrylic, oil, elastic, and cardboard on canvas, framed: 59 × 45 ½ inches (149.9 × 115.6 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/STYX BOAT, 2017 Ceramic, 26 × 46 × 74 inches (66 × 116.8 × 188 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/STYX BOAT, 2017

Ceramic, 26 × 46 × 74 inches (66 × 116.8 × 188 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, HEART (6709), 2018 Ceramic, 20 ½ × 14 × 2 inches (52.1 × 35.6 × 5.1 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, HEART (6709), 2018

Ceramic, 20 ½ × 14 × 2 inches (52.1 × 35.6 × 5.1 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, WIDW. HEAT FLUX., 2018 Acrylic, oil, elastic, cardboard, and treated fabric on canvas, framed: 128 ⅞ × 98 ⅞ inches (327.3 × 251.1 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, WIDW. HEAT FLUX., 2018

Acrylic, oil, elastic, cardboard, and treated fabric on canvas, framed: 128 ⅞ × 98 ⅞ inches (327.3 × 251.1 cm)
© Sterling Ruby

About

Sterling Ruby’s work engages with issues related to the violence and pressures within society, autobiography, and art history. Drawing on diverse aesthetic strategies and mediums—glossy and color-saturated poured-polyurethane sculptures, drawings, collages, richly glazed ceramics, graffiti-inspired spray paintings, and video—he maintains a constant tension within a multitude of elements. Throughout, he vacillates between fluid and static, minimalist and expressionist, pristine and dirty. Of the diverse forms that constitute his oeuvre, the paintings are the most formally abstract. Ruby has long been influenced by the sociological implications of urban demarcation, vandalism, and the power struggles of gang graffiti. In his paintings, acts of defacement are transformed into a painterly sublime.

Ruby was born in 1972 on Bitburg Air Base, Germany. He graduated in 1996 from the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Lancaster, and went on to receive a BFA in 2002 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 2005 from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. Recent solo exhibitions include CHRON, Drawing Center, New York (2008); SUPERMAX 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2008); Grid Ripper, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2008–09); SOFT WORK, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2012, traveled to FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, France; and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm); CHRON II, Fondazione Memmo Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2013, traveled to Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany); DROPPA BLOCKA, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium (2013); Baltimore Museum of Art (2014); STOVES, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (2015); Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2016); and Sterling Ruby: Ceramics, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (2018, traveling to Museum of Arts and Design, New York). Ruby’s work is featured in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Ruby participated in the Taipei, Gwangju, South Korea, and Whitney Biennials in 2014; and Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, the Hammer Museum’s third biennial.

Ruby lives and works in Los Angeles.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Art Fair

Frieze London 2019

October 3–6, 2019
Regent’s Park, London
frieze.com

Gagosian will present a solo booth with work by Sterling Ruby titled HELIOS, displaying works from WIDW—Ruby’s ongoing series of colorful, thickly coated, window-like paintings.

Sterling Ruby. Photo: Melanie Schiff

Design

Pitti Immagine Uomo 96
Sterling Ruby

June 11–14, 2019
Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
www.pittimmagine.com

After nearly ten years of exploration, Sterling Ruby will release his first ready-to-wear clothing and accessories line, S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA. The collection will debut at Pitti Immagine Uomo 96, the renowned menswear show in Florence, Italy, on June 13. Ruby has been selected as the special guest of the event. To learn more about the brand, visit srstudio.com or follow @S.R. STUDIO.LA.CA on Instagram.

Sterling Ruby. Photo: Melanie Schiff

Sterling Ruby, SPECTER, 2019 © Sterling Ruby

Public Installation

Sterling Ruby
Desert X

February 9–April 21, 2019
Coachella Valley, Whitewater, California
www.desertx.org

Sterling Ruby’s fluorescent orange monolith SPECTER (2019), appears as an apparition in the desert as part of Desert X, a contemporary-art biennial in Coachella Valley, California. The artist’s brightly colored geometric sculpture creates a jarring optical illusion, giving the landscape the effect of a Photoshopped composite or collage, as if something has been removed or erased from the terrain.

Sterling Ruby, SPECTER, 2019 © Sterling Ruby

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Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, Sterling Ruby: Sculpture, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, February 2–April 21, 2019. Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Kevin Todora

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Sterling Ruby
Sculpture

February 2–April 21, 2019
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Sterling Ruby’s expansive practice offers a reassessment, critique, and reinvention of a variety of modernist strategies. This exhibition features nearly thirty large- and medium-scale sculptures spanning his career, from poured polyurethane works to monumental ceramic collages weighing hundreds of pounds to soft sculptures incorporating inexpensive fabrics that the artist dyes himself, to Minimalist compositions of urethane and Formica.

Installation view, Sterling Ruby: Sculpture, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, February 2–April 21, 2019. Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Kevin Todora

Peter Lindbergh, Kiara Kabukuru, Debra Shaw, Paris, France, 1997, 1997 © Peter Lindbergh

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Dior
From Paris to the World

November 19, 2018–March 17, 2019
Denver Art Museum
denverartmuseum.org

Dior: From Paris to the World surveys seventy years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 170 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, traces the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house. Work by Peter Lindbergh and Sterling Ruby is included.

Peter Lindbergh, Kiara Kabukuru, Debra Shaw, Paris, France, 1997, 1997 © Peter Lindbergh

Sterling Ruby, Brass Ketamine User, 2010 © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

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Sterling Ruby
Ceramics

October 3, 2018–March 17, 2019
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
madmuseum.org

Sterling Ruby’s areas of interest are numerous, but sculptures in clay have long played a fascinating and primary position in his broader studio work. Process and materiality are paramount for Ruby, and using these attributes has enabled him to create an extraordinary body of work that is engaging, intuitive, and subversive. This exhibition has traveled from the Des Moines Art Center.

Sterling Ruby, Brass Ketamine User, 2010 © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston, Business Cards, 1968, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston. Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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West by Midwest

November 17, 2018–January 27, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
mcachicago.org

West by Midwest tells a story that illuminates the ways that contemporary art practices spread and develop by tracing the intersecting lives of artists who have migrated from the American Midwest to the West Coast since the mid-twentieth century. Lured by career opportunities, warmer weather, and the prospect of a better life promised by the postwar boom, those artists who were able to migrate attended art schools together, shared studios, exhibited work in the same galleries, collaborated on projects, engaged in activism, and dated one another. Work by Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Sterling Ruby, and Ed Ruscha is included.

Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston, Business Cards, 1968, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago © Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston. Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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