Matthew Marks Gallery

Charles Ray

For almost fifty years Charles Ray has been making art that engages the mind and the eye. His earliest works often included his own performing body. More recently he has focused on his work’s relationship to the long history of sculpture. This can be seen not only in his engagement with the fundamental elements of the medium — space, mass, texture — but also in his adoption of historical themes, including the equestrian portrait, the reclining nude, and the relief. At the same time, Ray’s works are firmly embedded in their time and place, with subject matter and techniques finely attuned to our historical moment.

Ray has devoted most of the past decade to creating sculptures of figures, animals, and inanimate objects, often carved from solid blocks of stainless steel or other metals in a state-of-the-art process that combines skilled handwork with industrial technology. He works slowly, often spending years studying his subjects and sculpting different versions at various scales. His attention to detail is meticulous, the faintness or sharpness of each part carefully calibrated to guide the viewer’s attention around the work as a whole.

Charles Ray (b. 1953) grew up in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 1981, where he currently lives and works. His art has been featured in Documenta, three Venice Biennales, and five Whitney Biennials, and his sculptures have been the subject of two retrospectives. The first was organized in 1998 by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The second was from 2014 to 2015 at the Kunstmuseum Basel and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2019 a large exhibition of his plaster patterns was organized by the Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Selected Works

Exhibitions

CHARLES RAY
two ghosts

April 13–June 22, 2019

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

CHARLES RAY
three rooms and the repair annex

May 3–June 16, 2018

522 West 22nd Street
526 West 22nd Street
New York

CHARLES RAY

February 6–April 18, 2015

523 West 24th Street
New York

CHARLES RAY

November 1–December 20, 2014

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

CHARLES RAY

November 10, 2012–January 19, 2013

522 West 22nd Street
New York

CHARLES RAY

April 28–June 23, 2012

1062 North Orange Grove
Los Angeles

CHARLES RAY
Future Fragment on a Solid Base

October 28–December 23, 2011

502 West 22nd Street
New York

CHARLES RAY
Ink Line, Moving Wire, Spinning Spot

May 8–July 10, 2009

523 West 24th Street
New York

CHARLES RAY

November 14, 2007–January 19, 2008

522 West 22nd Street
New York

CHARLES RAY
A Portrait of the Artist in Heaven

October 20–November 7, 2006

521 West 21st Street
New York

Group Exhibitions

HOME LIFE

January 29–March 27, 2021

523 West 24th Street
New York

THOMAS DEMAND, KATHARINA FRITSCH, ROBERT GOBER, BRICE MARDEN, KEN PRICE, MARTIN PURYEAR, CHARLES RAY, PAUL SIETSEMA, ANNE TRUITT, TERRY WINTERS

September 14–October 21, 2017

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

ROBERT ADAMS, VINCENT FECTEAU, ROBERT GOBER, MARTIN PURYEAR, CHARLES RAY, ANNE TRUITT, TERRY WINTERS

October 31, 2015–February 13, 2016

523 West 24th Street
New York

SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION

July 19–August 16, 2014

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

SCULPTURE
Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Martin Puryear, Charles Ray

February 8–April 19, 2014

523 West 24th Street
New York

NEW WORK
Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Martin Honert, Charles Ray, Terry Winters

September 10–October 16, 2010

522 West 22nd Street
523 West 24th Street
526 West 22nd Street
New York

SMALL SCULPTURE

September 23–October 28, 2006

523 West 24th Street
New York

A FOUR DIMENSIONAL BEING WRITES POETRY ON A FIELD WITH SCULPTURES
An exhibition curated by Charles Ray

June 28–August 11, 2006

522 West 22nd Street
New York

RECENT DRAWINGS
Robert Gober, Roni Horn, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Ken Price, Charles Ray, Terry Winters

January 14–February 25, 2006

523 West 24th Street
New York

AN EXHIBITION TO BENEFIT ACT-UP
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power

December 5–December 21, 1991

1018 Madison Avenue
New York

Books

PHILOSOPHICAL OBJECTS
an essay on the sculpture of Charles Ray

CHARLES RAY
three lectures at the Menil Collection

CHARLES RAY
Young Man by Charles Ray

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Log

CHARLES RAY

CHARLES RAY
a four dimensional being writes poetry on a field with sculptures

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Posters

CHARLES RAY

CHARLES RAY