Sterling Ruby

1972 · United States

Artist biography

Sterling Ruby is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born in the the United States, like other renowned artists such as Robert Swain, Odessa Straub, Paul Glabicki, Wynne Hayakawa, and William Staples. Sterling Ruby was born in 1972.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sterling Ruby's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the United States. Galleries exhibiting Sterling Ruby's work include Inigo Philbrick in London, as well as Galerie Xavier Hufkens and Pierre Marie Giraud in Brussels. Sterling Ruby most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Inigo Philbrick in London (24 May 2019 until 30 July 2019) with the exhibition Spray, Memory. Sterling Ruby's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Gagosian | Britannia Street in London (01 October 2019 - 13 December 2019) with the name ACTS + TABLE and Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Brussels (07 September 2018 - 20 October 2018) with the name Sterling Ruby DRFTRS. Sterling Ruby's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Sterling Ruby DRFTRS and took place at Galerie Xavier Hufkens in Brussels, Belgium from the 07 September 2018 to 20 October 2018.

Sterling Ruby in private collections

The following Collections on Artland feature some of Sterling Ruby's works: Roberto Toscano which also includes works by other renowned artists Paul McCarthy, Sterling Ruby and Takuro Kuwata; and Parnilla Lundgren with works from prominent artists Lara Schnitger, Steve Canaday and Luis Gispert.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, especially New York city, endures as a central point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new multinational and highly powerful art hub appeared in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its dominance over Paris, which used to be regarded as the most powerful global art centre. The authority of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that flourished in the United States. These very movements also reverberated into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast variants of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Sterling Ruby

Born in 1972, Sterling Ruby grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Sterling Ruby

  • Artworks in Collections 19
  • Exhibitions 9

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