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
The World Is Made of Stories: Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Oslo, Norway
Apr 12, 2015 - Dec 31, 2016
The Inaugural Installation
The Broad
Los Angeles, CA
Opens Sep 20, 2015
The New Contemporary
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Dec 13, 2015

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Apr 27, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017
Los Angeles - A Fiction
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Oslo, Norway
Sep 20, 2016 - Jan 20, 2017
Dancing with Myself: Self-portrait and Self-invention Works from the Pinault Collection
Museum Folkwang
Essen, Germany
Oct 7, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017