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, acting deputy 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. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Installation view, Sterling Ruby: ACTS + TABLE, Gagosian, Britannia Street, London, October 2–December 14, 2019. Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: Lucy Dawkins
Pitti Immagine Uomo 96
June 11–14, 2019
Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
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
February 9–April 21, 2019
Coachella Valley, Whitewater, California
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
Art en Vieille-Ville Genève
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6–9pm
19 place de Longemalle, Geneva
Gagosian is pleased to participate in the fall opening of Art en Vieille-Ville. The group exhibition Fire and Clay and works by Paul Noble will be on view to visitors after hours at our Geneva gallery.
Artwork, left and right: © Sterling Ruby; center: © Takuro Kuwata. Photo: Annik Wetter
Monday, April 23, 2018, 6:30–8pm
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA
Sterling Ruby and Raf Simons, chief creative officer at Calvin Klein, will discuss their design collaborations. The two will be joined by Jessica Morgan, director of the Dia Art Foundation, for a conversation about the overlapping worlds of design, fashion, and contemporary art. To attend the free event, register at www.gsd.harvard.edu.
Photo: Weston Wells for Surface
Shop: Sterling Ruby
March 1–May 26, 2018
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–7pm
Gagosian Shop, Paris
Sterling Ruby will take over the Gagosian Shop in Paris, creating an immersive environment featuring a selection of his graphic posters, laundry bags, and books.
Sterling Ruby, STRIP STRIP (RB) Limited Edition Poster, 2016 © Sterling Ruby Studio. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer
November 7, 2019–February 2, 2020
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
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 American culture and the coding of power and violence. This exhibition features more than fifty 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
February 2–April 21, 2019
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
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
From Paris to the World
November 19, 2018–March 17, 2019
Denver Art Museum
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
October 3, 2018–March 17, 2019
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
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
West by Midwest
November 17, 2018–January 27, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
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
Selections from the Lenhardt Collection
September 8–December 30, 2018
Phoenix Art Museum
Present Tense includes more than twenty paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures all drawn from the private collection of Dawn and David Lenhardt. The show places recent contemporary acquisitions by the Lenhardts in conversation with works by modern artists. Work by Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Sterling Ruby, and Andy Warhol is included.
Sterling Ruby, WIDW. BALLISTIC., 2017 © Sterling Ruby
June 9–September 9, 2018
Des Moines Art Center
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.
Installation view, Sterling Ruby: Ceramics, Des Moines Art Center, June 9–September 9, 2018 © Sterling Ruby
Sterling Ruby in
Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter
November 21, 2017–April 8, 2018
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida
This exhibition brings together twenty-four unique major works by George Ohr, many never before exhibited in public, along with objects by contemporary artists working in the same vein. Work by Sterling Ruby is included.
Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/HATRA, 2017
© Sterling Ruby. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
Proof of Life
May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018
Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
Proof of Life brings together one hundred paintings, sculptures, and photographic works that investigate existential questions in a manner both palpable and profound. Work by Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Anselm Kiefer, Sterling Ruby, and Richard Serra is included.
Installation view, Proof of Life, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, May 19, 2017–February 25, 2018. Photo: Björn Behrens
Sterling Ruby in
Christian Dior, Couturier du rêve
July 5, 2017–January 7, 2018
Musée des arts Decoratifs, Paris
This exhibition marks seventy years since the creation of the brand Christian Dior. It explores the universe of the founder and the designers who have succeeded him, including Raf Simons, who, while working at Dior, collaborated with Sterling Ruby to create a collection of dresses based on Ruby’s Spray paintings.
Sterling Ruby, SP198, 2012 © Sterling Ruby.
Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
Sterling Ruby in
Inside Intensity: The Anniversary Show
May 20–September 17, 2017
Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany
This year Kurhaus Kleve will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary with two large-scale exhibition projects. The overarching goal of these elaborate projects is to open up insight into the practice of contemporary art and to develop a sense of the nature of the zeitgeist. Work by Sterling Ruby is included.
Sterling Ruby, Figures (DK.RD.), 2015. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
Sterling Ruby in
Point Quartz: Flower of Kent
June 4–September 17, 2017
Villa Arson, Nice, France
This exhibition is an in situ installation, conceived as a garden with flower beds that have been transformed into a landscape, made up of various strata, with ceramics in all shapes and forms, from arable soil to terra-cotta. Work by Sterling Ruby is included.
Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/Norpropoxyphene, 2012. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer