“Sterling Ruby”

Ruby’s exploration of form—balancing structures of containment with the persistent urge to break free from them—is on full view in this twenty-plus-year survey of over fifty paintings, drawings, ceramics, and installations, co-organized by major institutions in Miami and Boston. 

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, November 7, 2019–February 2, 2020; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Feb. 26–May 26, 2020

Sterling Ruby has always boasted a bad boy vibe, with hints of street art, skater culture, and rock ’n’ roll inflecting his large-scale ceramics and other kinds of messy sculpture. Ruby’s exploration of form—balancing structures of containment with the persistent urge to break free from them—is on full view in this twenty-plus-year survey of over fifty paintings, drawings, ceramics, and installations, co-organized by major institutions in Miami and Boston.

Sterling Ruby, Blue Angel, 2007, ceramic, 16 1/2 × 18 × 19 1/2 inches. Courtesy Sterling Ruby Studio, Los Angeles. Copyright © Sterling Ruby. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.