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, 2003, and 2013 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
Charles Ray
The George Economou Collection Space
Athens, Greece
Jun 19, 2017 - Apr 27, 2018
I am you, you are too
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
Sep 7, 2017 - Jan 19, 2020
Still Human
Rubell Family Collection
Miami, FL
Dec 6, 2017 - Aug 25, 2018

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)
Met Breuer
New York, NY
Mar 21 - Jul 22, 2018
Walking On The Fade Out Lines
Rockbund Art Museum
Shanghai, China
Mar 24 - May 27, 2018
Dancing with Myself
Francois Pinault Collection: Punta della Dogana
Venice, Italy
Apr 8 - Dec 16, 2018

Fashion Drive. Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts
Kunsthaus Zürich
Zurich, Switzerland
Apr 20 - Jul 15, 2018