Sterling Ruby (American/Dutch, b. 1972, Bitburg, Germany) is known for his restless invention and prolific output across mediums. From handworked ceramics and sublime abstract paintings to soft sculptures and work with textiles and quilts, Ruby is one of the leading voices of his generation. This catalog presents twenty years of the artist’s iconic, multidisciplinary works. Accompanying Ruby’s first U.S. museum survey, this book takes a thematic approach to the artist’s output, focusing on his critical invocation of imagery related to the American identity. Beginning with his earliest two-dimensional works on paper, this volume demonstrates Ruby’s distinctive approach to psychological, cultural, and topical concerns, and his continuous engagement with themes such as prison reform, labor conditions, and popular culture.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Sterling Ruby,” organized by Alex Gartenfeld, Artistic Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.
Major support for "Sterling Ruby" is provided by Sprüth Magers, Gagosian, and Xavier Hufkens.
Major support at ICA Miami is provided by Carlo Bronzini Vender, Andre Sakhai, and Inigo Philbrick. Exhibitions at ICA Miami are generously supported by the Knight Contemporary Art Fund at The Miami Foundation. Additional support at ICA Miami is provided by Michelle Simkins and Jason Rubell.
Additional support for the Boston presentation is generously provided by Stephanie Formica Connaughton and John Connaughton, Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest, Bridgitt and Bruce Evans, James and Audrey Foster, Ted Pappendick and Erica Gervais Pappendick, David and Leslie Puth, and Charlotte and Herbert S. Wagner III.