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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

Photo: Melanie Schiff

In Conversation

Sterling Ruby
Tim Blanks

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12pm est

Sterling Ruby will speak with Tim Blanks, editor of the Business of Fashion, about his artistic process and foray into haute couture, as well as how he has stayed creative during the pandemic. The haute couture collection was created in Ruby’s Los Angeles studio, expanding the idea of the artist’s studio as atelier. Garment construction—from pattern-drafting and 3-D draping to dyeing, washing, and rinsing—occurs under the same roof as metalworking, oil painting, and ceramic firing. To attend the online event, register at businessoffashion.zoom.us.

Photo: Melanie Schiff

Jeff Koons, Bluebird Planter, 2010–16 © Jeff Koons

Art Fair

FIAC Online 2021
Printemps oublié

March 2–12, 2021

Gagosian is pleased to present Printemps oublié for the first online edition of FIAC. This curated presentation reflects the dual character of springtime as a reminder of past trials and the harbinger of a vibrant new season to come.

All the artworks will appear on the Gagosian website and a rotating selection will appear in the inaugural FIAC Online Viewing Rooms, from March 4 to 7.

Jeff Koons, Bluebird Planter, 2010–16 © Jeff Koons

Sterling Ruby’s 2021 haute couture collection APPARITIONS

Design

Haute Couture Week
Sterling Ruby

January 25–28, 2021

Sterling Ruby debuts his first haute couture collection, APPARITIONS, on January 28, during Haute Couture Week spring/summer 2021. Created at the invitation of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in Paris, the collection explores the intersection of fashion, art, craft, and culture. Responding to the tension between historical and contemporary American narratives, figures walk like specters in a post-apocalyptic landscape imagined from footage filmed by Ruby in an empty paintball park in Southern California. Created in Ruby’s studio in Los Angeles, the S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA. couture expands the idea of the artist’s studio as atelier. Garment construction—from pattern-drafting and 3-D draping to dyeing, washing, and rinsing—occurs under the same roof as metalworking, oil painting, and ceramic firing. To watch the show, visit srstudio.com.

Sterling Ruby’s 2021 haute couture collection APPARITIONS

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Museum Exhibitions

Shio Kusaka, (line 5), 2010 © Shio Kusaka

On View

Making Knowing
Craft in Art, 1950–2019

Closing February 2022
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
whitney.org

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019 foregrounds how visual artists have explored the materials, methods, and strategies of craft over the past seven decades. Some expand techniques with long histories, such as weaving, sewing, or pottery, while others experiment with clay, beads, and glass, among other mediums. Work by Richard Artschwager, Mike Kelley, Shio Kusaka, and Sterling Ruby is included.

Shio Kusaka, (line 5), 2010 © Shio Kusaka

Installation view, Sterling Ruby at Cycladic: Ceramics, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, May 14–June 27, 2021. Artwork © Sterling Ruby

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Sterling Ruby at Cycladic
Ceramics

May 14–June 27, 2021
Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
cycladic.gr

In this exhibition, Sterling Ruby places a selection of his ceramic sculptures among the rare artifacts of the Museum of Cycladic Art’s permanent collection as well as in the museum’s temporary exhibition wing. Ruby’s works—which here include smaller utilitarian objects, larger basins, as well as figurative, floral, and totemic forms—converse with representative examples of figurines, tools, weapons, and pottery from the distinctive culture that flourished in the central Aegean during the Early Bronze Age.

Installation view, Sterling Ruby at Cycladic: Ceramics, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, May 14–June 27, 2021. Artwork © Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, TROUGH, 2014, installation view, Abbaye de Saint-Victor, Marseille, France © Sterling Ruby

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Sterling Ruby in
Manifesta 13

August 28–November 29, 2020
Various locations in Marseille, France
manifesta13.org

Presented as part of Manifesta 13, the European Nomadic Biennial that changes location every two years, the exhibition Anima Mundi gathers the work of several international artists in the ancient crypts of the Abbey of Saint-Victor, one of the oldest monuments in the Provence region. The works on display, mainly sculptures, communicate with the Paleo-Christian sarcophagi in the crypts and propose a reflection on death, spirituality, and the relation to history. Work by Sterling Ruby is included.

Sterling Ruby, TROUGH, 2014, installation view, Abbaye de Saint-Victor, Marseille, France © Sterling Ruby

Installation view, Sterling Ruby, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, February 26–May 26, 2020. Artwork © Sterling Ruby

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Sterling Ruby

February 26–May 26, 2020
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
www.icaboston.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 has traveled from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

Installation view, Sterling Ruby, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, February 26–May 26, 2020. Artwork © Sterling Ruby

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