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Sterling Ruby

This course on artist Sterling Ruby focuses on artmaking as a means of activism and collage work. Recommended for art classes.

Sterling Ruby

Since his earliest works, Sterling Ruby (b. 1972, American/Dutch) 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 has presented 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); and Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (2014); and the Belvedere, Vienna (2016); among others.

Sterling Ruby at ICA Miami

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Sterling Ruby at ICA Miami. Photo: Chris Carter.
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Installation view: "Sterling Ruby" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Nov 7, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
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Installation view: "Sterling Ruby" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Nov 7, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
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Installation view: "Sterling Ruby" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Nov 7, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
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Installation view: "Sterling Ruby" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Nov 7, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
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Installation view: "Sterling Ruby" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Nov 7, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
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Installation view: "Sterling Ruby" at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Nov 7, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.