ICA Miami presents the first comprehensive museum survey for American artist Sterling Ruby.
The exhibition features over 50 works that demonstrate the relationship between material transformation in Ruby’s practice and the rapid evolution of American culture, institutions, and labor. Spanning more than two decades of the artist’s career, the exhibition features an array of works created in various mediums, from his renowned ceramics and paintings to lesser-known drawings and installations.
Since his earliest works, Ruby has investigated the role of the artist as an outsider. Critiquing the structures of modernism and traditional institutions, Ruby addresses the repressed underpinnings of American culture and the coding of power and violence. Craft is central to his inquiry, as he explores traditions from Amish quilt-making to California’s radical ceramics tradition, shaped by his upbringing in Pennsylvania Dutch country.
“Sterling Ruby” is co-presented with Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA/Boston), and will be accompanied by an illustrated scholarly catalogue edited by Alex Gartenfeld and Eva Respini, with an interview by Isabelle Graw. Published with DelMonico Prestel, the catalogue will feature essays that consider Ruby’s work amidst the contemporary art production and visual culture of the last 30 years.
Sterling Ruby (American/Dutch, b. 1972, Bitburg, Germany) is a leading contemporary artist whose work has been presented in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2008); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Italy (2008–2009); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2013); Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (2014); and the Winter Palace at the Belvedere, Vienna (2016); among many others. Ruby’s work is featured in museum collections worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London.
Ruby graduated in 1996 from the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Lancaster. He received his B.F.A. in 2002 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, and his M.F.A. in 2005 from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
“Sterling Ruby” is curated by ICA Miami Artistic Director Alex Gartenfeld and ICA/Boston Barbara Lee Chief Curator Eva Respini. “Sterling Ruby” is on view at ICA Miami November 7, 2019 through February 2, 2020 and on view at ICA/Boston February 26 through May 26, 2020.