Sterling Ruby (b. 1972) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work deliberately avoids categorisation. Manipulating surface, texture, media and meaning, Ruby’s extraordinarily diverse output has seen him toy with methods of production; where large-scale spray painted canvases, works on paper and ceramic gestures continuously vary in both scale and subject matter. Despite their often irreverent and amorphous presence, there is always an attempt to address a social issue; from the crisis of contemporary masculinity - exemplified in his nail varnish works and a continued interest in soft furnishings - to crime, punishment and urban decay. His work provided a central focus to Art Basel’s 2012 ‘Art Unlimited,’ which was shortly followed by a travelling exhibition entitled ‘Soft Work,’(Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, FRAC, Reims, and the Centre D’Art Contemporain, Geneva). He also featured in the 2012 'American Exuberance’ group exhibition at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Ruby lives and works in Los Angeles.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
The Winter Palace at the Belvedere, Vienna: ‘Sterling Ruby’
Gagosian Gallery, Paris: ‘PARIS’
Inigo Philbrick, London: Spray, Memory'
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore: 'Sterling Ruby’
Hauser & Wirth, New York: 'SUNRISE SUNSET'
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent: ‘Droppa Blocka’
Fondazione Memmo, Rome: ‘CHRON II’
Hauser & Wirth, London: 'EXHM'
Museum of Contemporary Art, Geneva: 'Softwork’
MoMA PS1, New York: 'Alpha Tier 2'
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles: 'SUPERMAX 2008'
The Drawing Centre, New York: 'CHRON'
Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan: ‘Recombines’
All are available at the gallery for reference.
Sterling Ruby, Sterling Ruby SP Paintings,
exh. cat., Nahmad Contemporary, New York 2013.
Sterling Ruby, Sterling Ruby – Paintings,
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels 2011.
Robert Hobbs eds., Sterling Ruby,
JRP-Ringier, Zuric 2009.
Alice Cavanagh, “Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby’s Rocker, Art-Infused Show,” New York Magazine, 16th January 2014.
Cathy Horyn, “Hands and Minds: Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby,” The New York Times, January 2014.
Jonathan Griffin, “Fluid Nature,” Mousse 25, 2010.
Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo.
Soloman R. Guggenheim, New York.
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Honart Museum, Tehran, Iran.
LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam.
Seattle Art Museum.
Saatchi Gallery, London.