Sterling Ruby at Cycladic
Through June 21, 2021
Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens
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.
Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/BRAVAMAX, 2014 © Sterling Ruby
Craft in Art, 1950–2019
Closing February 2022
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
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
Sterling Ruby in
August 28–November 29, 2020
Various locations in Marseille, France
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
February 26–May 26, 2020
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
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
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 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
August 21, 2019–January 19, 2020
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A century after the Surrealist movement exploded across the global cultural scene, celebrating the improbable, uncanny, and mysterious, the “strange” remains a source of fascination and artistic inspiration today. Strange features works from Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s collection that invoke strangeness and resonate with the spirit of Surrealism. Work by Sterling Ruby and Cindy Sherman is included.
Sterling Ruby, BASKET (6111), 2016 © Sterling Ruby
Matt Black × Gana Art
November 1, 2019–January 5, 2020
Gana Art Center and Gana Art Hannam, Seoul
In collaboration with filmmaker Matt Black, this exhibition is centered around his short film series titled Reflections, which features conversations with contemporary artists. Through his interviews, Black paints a picture of the rapidly changing contemporary art scene, revealing the stories behind the artworks. Following the film’s theme, Gana Art has curated this exhibition to feature works by these artists, which include Dan Colen, Rachel Feinstein, Jeff Koons, Harmony Korine, Sterling Ruby, Taryn Simon, and Blair Thurman, among others.
Installation view, Reflections: Matt Black × Gana Art, Gana Art Center and Gana Art Hannam, Seoul, November 1, 2019–January 5, 2020. Artwork © Sterling Ruby
From Paris to the World
May 19–October 27, 2019
Dallas Museum of Art
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. This show has traveled from the Denver Art Museum. Work by Peter Lindbergh and Sterling Ruby is included.
Installation view, Dior: From Paris to the World, Dallas Museum of Art, May 19–October 27, 2019. Artwork © Sterling Ruby. Photo: courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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, Iowa
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
The Marciano Collection
May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection was the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show were derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool was included.
Installation view, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, May 25–September 16, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Albert Oehlen, © Christopher Wool
April 29, 2018–September 3, 2017
The Broad, Los Angeles
From everyday experiences to protest movements as monumental as the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East, to themes that probe systems of social control or examine global commerce, artworks in Oracle tackle the effects of organizational frameworks on global events and private individuals. Some works in the exhibition symbolize marketplace machinations, both official and unofficial, while others are meditations on games, surveillance, vast data sets, mathematical and biological patterns, and even the logic of art itself. Work by Andreas Gursky, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, and Jeff Wall is included.
Jeff Wall, Search of Premises, 2009 © Jeff Wall
99 Cents or Less
May 19–August 6, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
A major group exhibition of ninety-nine artists based in the United States addresses Detroit’s ongoing economic crisis and its 2013 bankruptcy. Four years after a federal judge approved Detroit’s bankruptcy-exit plan, the city’s financial present and future are still in flux. This exhibition is a reflection on the realities of a city that was once one of the country’s wealthiest and most diverse. Work by Piero Golia, Alex Israel, Adam McEwen, Josephine Meckseper, and Sterling Ruby is included.
Sterling Ruby, 99/MK, 2017. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Catherine Opie and Sterling Ruby
April 2–June 12, 2017
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
Sterling Ruby’s SOFT WORK installation is being presented within the context of the Geffen Contemporary’s permanent collection. The work is paired with Catherine Opie’s Inauguration portfolio, another recent acquisition featuring thirty-three photographs documenting the Obama inauguration in 2008. The two works are both large-scale and dovetail around American political motifs.
Sterling Ruby’s SOFT WORK (2014) installed at Art Basel Unlimited, Switzerland, 2014. Photo by Timo Ohler
After and Around Helen Frankenthaler
February 11–June 7, 2015
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Pretty Raw takes the artist Helen Frankenthaler as a lens through which to refocus our vision of modernist art over the past fifty years. In this version, decoration, humor, femininity and masculinity, the everyday, pleasure, and authorial control take center stage. The exhibition, curated by Katy Siegel, features works by artists from the 1950s through the present who have found personal, social, and political meaning in materiality. Work by Helen Frankenthaler, Mike Kelley, Sterling Ruby, Andy Warhol, Mary Weatherford, and Christopher Wool is included.
Mary Weatherford, Olive Downtown, 2014 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio