ICA Miami presents the first comprehensive museum survey of American/Dutch artist Sterling Ruby (b. 1972). Opening at ICA Miami on November 7, “Sterling Ruby” features over 75 works that demonstrate the relationship between material transformation in Ruby’s practice and the rapid evolution of contemporary 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. The process of combining disparate elements is central to Ruby’s material reclamations, which serve as a form of autobiographical and cultural archeology.
Since his earliest works, Ruby has investigated the role of the artist as outsider. Critiquing the structures of modernism and traditional institutions, Ruby addresses the repressed underpinnings of U.S. 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. Organized by chronology and medium, “Sterling Ruby” considers the artist’s explorations of these themes across the many materials and forms he has utilized throughout his practice.
“Sterling Ruby” is co-organized by ICA Miami and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA/Boston), and is curated by Alex Gartenfeld, ICA Miami Artistic Director, and Eva Respini, ICA/Boston Barbara Lee Chief Curator. “Sterling Ruby” is on view at ICA Miami through February 2 and on view at the ICA/Boston February 26 through May 26, 2020.