Charles Ray


Charles Ray is widely regarded as one of the most significant artists of his generation. He is best known for his sculptures of altered and refashioned familiar objects. In 1993 Ray made Firetruck, a 12-by-47-foot replica of a toy fire truck, which he "parked" in front of the Whitney Museum of American Art during that year's biennial exhibition. In 2007 the artist completed a ten-year project—a re-creation in Japanese cypress (Hinoki) of a fallen and rotting tree he had found in a meadow, hand carved by Japanese master woodworkers. In 2009 Ray installed Boy with Frog, his first outdoor commissioned work, at the Punta della Dogana in Venice. Grand in size and realized with a smooth white finish that references the important tradition of marble sculpture in Italy, it depicts a boy holding a goliath frog above the Grand Canal. In 2015 the artist completed Horse and Rider, a ten-ton equestrian statue machined from solid stainless steel, with Ray himself as the rider.

Ray (born 1953) has exhibited at Documenta IX (1992), Venice Biennales in 1993 and 2003, and five Whitney Biennials, and he has had one-person museum exhibitions in Basel, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Bern, Vienna, and Oslo, among other cities. Ray lives and works in Los Angeles.


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Museum Exhibitions
If on a Trondheim’s night a traveler... Works from Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Trondheim Kunstmuseum
Trondheim, Norway
Apr 22 - Dec 30, 2017
Charles Ray
The George Economou Collection Space
Athens, Greece
Jun 19, 2017 - Apr, 2018
Doubles, Dobros, Pliegues, Pares, Twins, Mitades
The Warehouse
Dallas, TX
Jul 10 - Dec 29, 2017

Like a Moth to a Flame
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Turin, Italy
Nov 3, 2017 - Jan 18, 2018
Still Human
Rubell Family Collection
Miami, FL
Dec 6, 2017 - Aug 25, 2018