CHARLES RAY

Born: Chicago, 1953

Education: Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, M.F.A. 1979
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, B.F.A. 1975

Currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions:

2017
The George Economou Collection Space, Athens (catalogue)
Charles Ray: Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog, American Academy in Rome

2015
Fashions, Art Institute of Chicago
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

2014
Sculpture: 1997 - 2014, Kunstmuseum Basel. Traveled to Art Institute of Chicago (catalogue)
Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles

2012
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Matthew Marks Gallery, Los Angeles

2011
Future Fragment on a Solid Base, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

2009
Ink Line, Moving Wire, Spinning Spot, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

2007
Chicken, The New Beetle, Father Figure, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Hinoki, Regen Projects, Los Angeles

2006
black & white, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
A Portrait of the Artist in Heaven, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

1998
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (catalogue)

1997
Regen Projects, Los Angeles

1996
Studio Guenzani, Milan

1994
Rooseum-Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden. Traveled to Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Kunsthalle Bern; and Kunsthalle Zürich (catalogue)

1993
Feature, New York
Galerie Metropol, Vienna

1992
Donald Young Gallery, Seattle
Feature, New York

1991
Galerie Claire Burrus, Paris
Feature, New York
Galerie Metropole, Vienna

1990
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles
Interim Art, London
Feature, New York
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (catalogue)
Galerie Claire Burrus, Paris
Matrix Gallery, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley (catalogue)

1989
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles
Feature, New York
The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

1988
Feature, Chicago
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles

1987
Feature, Chicago
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles

1985
Mercer Union, Toronto
New Langton Arts, San Francisco

1983
64 Market Street, Venice, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, The Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
If on a Trondheim's night a traveler... Works from Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway
Doubles, Dobros, Pliegues, Pares, Twins, Mitades, The Warehouse, Dallas
I am you, you are too, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

2016
Sculpture on the Move: 1946-2016, Museum für Gegenwartzkunst at the Kunstmuseum Basel (catalogue)
Los Angeles - A Fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo
Accrochage, Pinault Collection, Punta della Dogana, Venice
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
The Campaign for Art: Contemporary, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (catalogue)
Agir, Contempler, Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France
Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern, London
Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Dancing with Myself: Self-Portrait and Self-Invention of Works from the Pinault Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

2015
The World Is Made of Stories: Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo
Tutttovero, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Good Morning America, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Äppärät, Ballroom Marfa, TX
The New Contemporary, Art Institute of Chicago (catalogue)
A Brief History of Humankind, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice
Geometries On and Off the Grid: Art from 1950 to the Present, The Warehouse, Dallas
The Broad Foundation: Inaugural Installation, The Broad Foundation, Los Angeles (catalogue)

2014
A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection, The Contemporary Austin. Traveled to The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
L'Almanach 14, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Art Lovers: Stories of Art in the Pinault Collection, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Sculpture After Sculpture, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (catalogue)
A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

2013
NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York (catalogue)
People: Selected Parkett Artists’ Editions (1984-2013), Parkett Space, Zürich
The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale (catalogue)
A Place in Two Dimensions, Museo Jumex, Mexico City

2012
Lifelike, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Traveled to New Orleans Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; and Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; and Phoenix Museum of Art
Intimate Immensity: The Susan and Larry Marx Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Viral Research, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2011
The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (catalogue)
In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, Venice (catalogue)
Fondazione Prada, Ca’Corner della Regina, Venice
In the Name of Artists: Classics of Contemporary Art from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Biennial Pavilion, São Paulo
American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami
The Sculpture Show, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh


2010
Collecting Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

Abstract Resistance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York

Size Does Matter, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York

Off The Wall: Part 1—Thirty Performative Actions, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Traveled to Kunsthaus Zürich
New Work: Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Martin Honert, Charles Ray, Terry Winters, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York



2009

Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Mapping the Studio, Punta della Dogana, Venice
The Modern Wing, Art Institute of Chicago
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
Beg Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami

2008
(loverboy), sleep, shatter, handheld bird, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Index: Conceptualism in California from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Meet Me Around the Corner - Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museet of Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Art Since the 1960's: California Experiments, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Drawn Together, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York

2007
Art Since the 1960s: California Experiments, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Photography and the Self: The Legacy of F. Holland Day, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Dead! Dead! Dead!, Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto

2006
Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (catalogue)
Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
More Than the World: Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (catalogue)
Small Sculpture, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Five Billion Years, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Los Angeles 1955-1985, Centre Pompidou, Paris (catalogue)
Figures in the Field: Figurative Sculpture and Abstract Painting from Chicago Collections, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Where Are We Going? Selections from the Francois Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (catalogue)
Recent Drawings, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

2005
After Cézanne, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (catalogue)
Take Two. Worlds and Views: Contemporary Art from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Open Systems: Rethinking Art c. 1970, Tate Modern, London
Mo(nu)ments!, Astrup Fearnely Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
Bidibidobidiboo, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Turin
Mythologies, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

2004
The Last Picture Show: Künstler verwenden Fotografie 1960-1982, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (catalogue)
Monument to Now, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (catalogue)

2003
Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer, 50th Venice Biennale (catalogue)
The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photogaphy, 1960-1982, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
The Not-So-Still-Life: A Century of California Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2002
Tempo, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
Walk Around Time: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

2001
The Inward Eye, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Traveled to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (catalogue)
A Room of Their Own, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Pollock to Today: Highlights From the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Open Ends: Art Since 1960, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Au-dela du spectacle, Centre Pompidou, Paris (catalogue)

2000
Let's Entertain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Traveled to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue)
Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900 - 2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (catalogue)

1999
Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late Twentieth Century, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. Traveled to Haus der Kunst, Münich (catalogue)
The American Century: Art and Culture, 1900-2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Almost, Warm & Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center
Culbutes dans les Millenaire, Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montréal
The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, CA

1998
Reality Bites: Approaches to Representation in American Sculpture, Chicago Cultural Center
Double Trouble: The Patchett Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Artificial: Figuracions Contemporanies, Museu d' Art Contemporani, Barcelona (catalogue)

1997
American Art 1975-1995 from the Whitney Museum: Multiple Identity, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin
A Lasting Legacy: Selections from the Lannan Foundation Gift, curated by Anne Goldstein and Paul Schimmel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Biennale de Lyon d'art contemporain, Maison de Lyon
Skuptur. Projekte in Munster 1997, Westfalisches Landesmuseum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Germany (catalogue)
Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
Sunshine & Noir: Art in LA 1960-1997, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark. Traveled to Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (catalogue)
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
Veronica's Revenge: Selections from the Lambert Art Collection, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art, organized in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt

1996
Just Past: The Contemporary in the Permanent Collection, 1975-96, The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (catalogue)
Art at the End of the 20th Century: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery, Athens. Traveled to the Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (catalogue)
NowHere: Walking and Thinking and Walking, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (catalogue)
Happy End, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Narcissism: Artists Reflect Themselves, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA
Everything That's Interesting is New: The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens School of Fine Art. Traveled to Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, and Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York (catalogue)

1995
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Traveled to Prague and Copenhagen (catalogue)
Private/Public: ARS 1995, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
MicroMegas: Miniatures and Monstrosities in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jersualem
PerForms: Janine Antoni, Charles Ray, Jana Sterbak, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (catalogue)
Feminin-masculin: le sexe de l'art, Centre Pompidou, Paris (catalogue)
Still Leben, National Museum, Stockholm
A Glimpse of the Norton Collection as Revealed by Kim Dingle, Santa Monica Museum of Art. Traveled to SITE Santa Fe

1994
Radical Scavenger(s): The Conceptual Vernacular in Recent American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (catalogue)
Face-Off: The Portrait in Recent Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Traveled to the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE, and Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro (catalogue)

1993
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Traveled to Seoul, South Korea (catalogue)
Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Bond Store 3/4, Sydney
Seeing the Forest Through the Trees, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

1992
Dirty Data: Sammlung Schurmann, Ludwig Forum fur internationale Kunst, Cologne (catalogue)
Spiral Gallery, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo
Images, Lannan Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Viaggio a Los Angeles, Castello di Rivara, Turin
Post Human, FAE Musee d'Art Contemporain, Pully/Lausanne, Switzerland. Traveled to the Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; and Deichtorhallen Hamburg (catalogue)
Documenta IX, Kassel (catalogue)
Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990's, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (catalogue)
The Sydney Biennial

1991
The Savage Garden, Sala de Exposiciones de la Fundacion Caja de Pensiones, Barcelona (catalogue)
Cadences: Icon and Abstraction in Context, New Museum, New York (catalogue)
Mechanika, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (catalogue)

1990
Recent Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
Matrix Gallery, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Blood Remembering, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island (catalogue)

1989
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

1988
Selections From the Permanent Collection, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Recent Art From Los Angeles, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art

1987
Industrial Icons, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University
Nature, Feature, Chicago

1986
Frederick A. Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles

1984
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art

1981
Cape Gallery, New Orleans

1980
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Uno Gallery, New Orleans