Published by Centre Pompidou. Edited by Jean-Pierre Criqui, Caroline Bourgeois.
This catalog accompanies the 2022 double exhibition of Charles Ray’s work at the Centre Pompidou and the Bourse de Commerce (Pinault Foundation). With approximately 30 pieces that depict humans, plants and vehicles in his favored materials of wood and metal, this publication explores the artist’s critical relationship with Minimalism and the uncompromising perfectionism apparent in his work. Whether recreating fallen trees down to every nook and cranny or conjuring a certain vulnerability in his life-size steel figures, Ray’s pieces are characterized by a formal intricacy that lends an almost uncanny realism to his sculptures in spite of their sometimes unusual scale. In his meticulous attention to detail, Ray invites viewers to examine his sculptures with similar intensity. Ray’s work, which clearly draws from a minimalist-formalist focus on material as it explores the possibilities of three-dimensional representation, resists classification and must be experienced on an individual level. Based in Los Angeles, American artist Charles Ray (born 1953) has worked for decades across mediums and materials to create photography series, performance pieces and sculptures. Ray has been the subject of solo exhibitions around the world, and his work has been featured in Venice Biennales in 1993, 2003 and 2014, and in five Whitney Biennials. He is currently represented by Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.
Published by Glenstone Museum. Edited by Emily Wei Rales, Nora Cafritz, Fanna Gebreyesus. Introduction by Emily Wei Rales. Text by Charles Ray, Russell Ferguson.
This book is part of an ongoing series of publications commemorating rotating exhibitions of the artist’s work at Glenstone Museum, the second of which opened in Spring 2020. The catalog includes an essay by the artist, a contribution from art historian Russell Ferguson and an introduction by Emily Rales, cofounder and director of Glenstone Museum.
Published by Glenstone Museum. Edited by Emily Wei Rales, Nora Severson Cafritz, Ali Nemerov. Introduction by Emily Wei Rales.
In his sculptural practice, American artist Charles Ray (born 1953) has long been fascinated by the concept of representation, the depiction of the human form and questions of scale. Known for his keen sense of—and respect for—the uncanny, Ray has carved a widely admired path that crisscrosses the arenas of minimalism and conceptual art, while continually pushing the boundaries of visual perception. This book marks the long-term exhibition of works at Glenstone Museum selected by the artist, including Baled Truck (2013), a sculpture made of solid machined stainless steel, emblematic of the artist’s meticulous fabrication process. It also includes a conversation with—and text by—the artist and installation photography.
Published by Matthew Marks Gallery/Olympic Productions.
This volume documents the stages of work and materials used to realize Charles Ray’s "Young Man" (2012), a 1,500-pound sculpture in solid stainless steel. Printed on unbound pages, this publication shows the development of Ray’s sculpture alongside a set of life-size details that can be reconfigured into two full-scale photographs of the work.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi, Douglas Druik, Michael Fried, Richard Neer, Charles Ray, James Rondeau, Anne Wagner.
Charles Ray (born 1953) is one of America’s most outstanding contemporary sculptors. Like Jeff Koons and Katharina Fritsch, he has developed a new kind of plastic figuration, as can be seen in his white-painted steel sculpture “Boy with Frog” (2009), whose recent installation on the Punta della Dogana in Venice drew a great deal of critical and popular attention. Despite its apparent naturalism, Ray’s oversized figure of a nude boy frolicking animatedly, even rabidly, with the animal world, verges upon the classical. “Horse and Rider,” a self-portrait of the artist on horseback (2014), likewise revives the traditional images of the horseback rider and the hero of the American West, but in a way that is decidedly anti-heroic. This volume offers a comprehensive monograph on Ray’s sculptural works of recent years.
Charles Ray writes: “Ten years ago, while driving up the central coast of California, I spotted a fallen tree in a meadow just off the highway. I was instantly drawn to it... [and] was inspired to make a sculpture.” In Log, Ray describes the making of this sculpture, a work that saw him collaborate with Japanese master woodworker Yuboku Mukoyoshi in an effort to capture the life of wood, and to make an object that would “breathe life into the world that surrounds it.” Ray's sculpture is now on view at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Published by Matthew Marks Gallery. Text by Michael Fried, John Kelsey.
Ever since the early 1970s, sculptor Charles Ray's protean practice has yielded some of the most memorable objects and experiences in contemporary art, causing us to confront, as Peter Schjeldahl has written, "elegant, deadpan fabrications that flip wild switches in our minds." In 1987's "Ink Line," for example, he sent a single stream of ink flowing to the middle of a gallery's floor in a slender column; outside the 1993 Whitney Biennial he parked a massive replica of a toy fire engine. His recent work is just as alluring and unsettling: a steel sculpture of a handheld bird, a poster of an ominous pumpkin, an intricate cast aluminum sculpture of a tractor. Charles Ray surveys the work the artist has made in the past dozen years; an interview by Michael Fried and an essay by John Kelsey complement texts written about each work by Ray himself.