Edited by Alex Gartenfeld and Eva Respini; with contributions from Alex Gartenfeld, Eva Respini, and Jeffrey de Blois; and a conversation between Sterling Ruby and Isabelle Graw
This catalogue accompanies the show Sterling Ruby, on view at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami from November 7, 2019 to February 2, 2020 and at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston from February 26 to May 17, 2020.
From his sublime abstract paintings to his soft sculpture “vampires” comprising American flags, Sterling Ruby is “one of the most interesting artists to emerge in this century,” according to The New York Times. Accompanying Ruby's first US museum survey, this book takes a thematic approach to the artist’s work, focusing on his critical invocation of imagery related to American identity. Beginning with his earliest collages, this book demonstrates his distinctive approach to psychological, cultural, and topical concerns. It includes his recent mobiles and polyurethanes, demonstrating his continuous engagement with themes such as prison reform, labor conditions, and vernacular cultures. Readers can compare smaller works on canvas and in clay to monumental sculptures made from submarine parts or giant skyscrapers rendered in toxically bright colors.
November 12, 2019
192 Pages, 9 x 11 inches, 129 color illus.
Paperback with Jacket