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Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, WIDW. HELIOS (7058)., 2019 Acrylic, oil, elastic, cardboard, and treated fabric on canvas, framed: 73 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 3 ¼ inches (187.3 × 136.5 × 8.3 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, WIDW. HELIOS (7058)., 2019

Acrylic, oil, elastic, cardboard, and treated fabric on canvas, framed: 73 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 3 ¼ inches (187.3 × 136.5 × 8.3 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, ACTS/FERRYDUST, 2018 Clear urethane block, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 40 ½ × 25 × 12 inches (102.9 × 63.5 × 30.5 cm)© Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/FERRYDUST, 2018

Clear urethane block, dye, wood, spray paint, and laminate, 40 ½ × 25 × 12 inches (102.9 × 63.5 × 30.5 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, 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

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, 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

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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

About

Sterling Ruby’s work engages with issues related to autobiography, art history, and the violence and pressures within society. Employing diverse aesthetic strategies and mediums—including sculpture, drawing, collage, ceramics, painting, and video—he examines the tensions between fluidity and stasis, Expressionism and Minimalism, the abject and the pristine.

Born on Bitburg Air Base, Germany, to an American father and a Dutch mother, Ruby moved at a young age to the United States, where he grew up on a farm in southeastern Pennsylvania. There he encountered Amish quilt-making and Pennsylvania redware pottery, both of which directly inspired his initial forays into garment-making, soft sculpture, and ceramics. Ruby graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, in 1996. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, followed by an MFA from the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California, in 2005.

Living and working in Los Angeles, Ruby draws endless inspiration from the city’s physical and conceptual landscape. A subseries of the SP paintings (2007–14), the VIVIDS (2014), are electric color fields inspired by the shifting, multihued skies that he encounters on his way to the studio, while the SUBMARINE (2015) and TABLES (2015 –19) series were created from hulking industrial parts sourced nearby. Ruby’s work often deals with the ways in which acts of defacement, like urban demarcation and graffiti, can produce a painterly sublime. Both in his YARD paintings (2015–16) and in his WIDW paintings (2016–), he taps into the speed and motion of collage, incorporating bleached fabric and cardboard scraps and combining abstract color fields with fragments of studio refuse. Continually pushing the boundaries between artistic mediums, Ruby launched a ready-to-wear clothing line in 2019.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Still of Sterling Ruby in conversation with Sam Orlofsky

Video

Sterling Ruby and Sam Orlofsky
Frieze London 2019 Online Viewing Room

Sterling Ruby sits down in his studio with Gagosian director Sam Orlofsky to discuss the Online Viewing Room collaboration on the occasion of Frieze London 2019, as well as his influences and the history of his work. Highlighting Ruby’s multidisciplinary approach to art making, this online event features seven artworks from pivotal moments in his trajectory, alongside a range of art historical influences that have shaped his practice over time.

To subscribe for updates about Online Viewing Room presentations, visit gagosianviewingroom.com.

Still of Sterling Ruby in conversation with Sam Orlofsky

Installation view, Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, October 2–December 14, 2019. Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Tour

Sterling Ruby
ACTS + TABLE

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:15pm
Gagosian, Britannia Street, London

Join Gagosian for a tour of Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE, currently on view at Britannia Street, London, led by Serena Cattaneo Adorno, Gagosian director, and Alessandro Rabottini, director of Miart, International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art. The works in the show lay out Ruby’s critique of the authoritarian, exclusionary ideological underpinnings of Minimalism. He begins with familiar shapes valued by the Minimalists—simple tables and rectilinear blocks—but subverts them by defacing their smooth surfaces and exposing their physical means of production. The event has reached capacity. To join the wait list, contact londontours@gagosian.com

Installation view, Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, October 2–December 14, 2019. Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Joe Bradley, Daylight, 2019 © Joe Bradley

Art Fair

West Bund Art & Design 2019

November 8–10, 2019, booth A121
West Bund Art Center, Shanghai
westbundshanghai.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in West Bund Art & Design 2019, presenting works by Georg BaselitzJoe BradleyUrs FischerHelen FrankenthalerMark GrotjahnDamien HirstThomas Houseago, Robert Indiana, Jeff KoonsJoan MitchellNam June PaikRichard PrinceSterling RubyEd RuschaMark TanseyMary WeatherfordTom Wesselmann, and Jonas Wood, among others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com.

Download the full press release in English (pdf)Simplified Chinese (pdf), or Traditional Chinese (pdf)

Joe Bradley, Daylight, 2019 © Joe Bradley

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Museum Exhibitions

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/WS ROLLIN, 2011, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

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Sterling Ruby

Through February 2, 2020
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
icamiami.org

Since his earliest works, Sterling Ruby has investigated the role of the artist as an outsider. Critiquing the structures of modernism and traditional institutions, he addresses the repressed underpinnings of contemporary culture and the coding of power and violence. This exhibition features more than one hundred works in an array of mediums spanning more than two decades of his practice. This show will travel to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, in February.

Sterling Ruby, ACTS/WS ROLLIN, 2011, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

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

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