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Charles Ray

Charles Ray began his career as a craft-conscious conceptual joker tackling different sculptural properties: scale, gravity, weight and illusion.

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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-feet 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. Most recently, Ray installed Boy with Frog, his first outdoor commissioned work, at the Punta della Dogana, 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.

Ray (born 1953) has exhibited at Documenta IX (1992), Venice Biennales in 1993 and 2003, and four Whitney Biennials, and he has had one-person museum exhibitions in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Berne, Vienna, and Oslo, among other cities. Ray lives and works in Los Angeles.

A Four Dimensional Being
Writes Poetry on a Field with Sculptures

by Charles Ray

This volume reproduces Giacometti's Standing Woman (1948), an untitled box piece by Donald Judd, an ancient Greek kouros (615-590 B.C.), a sculpted piece of island marble from Attica, Mark di Suvero's Hankchampion (1960), Jeff Wall's A ventriloquist at a birthday party in October 1947 (1990), and a series of sculptures by the American folk artist Edgar Tolson entitled The Fall of Man (1969).

Published by Steidl
Pages: 24, 13 plates consisting of 12 tritone, 1 color
Hardcover with translucent dust jacket
22 x 15 cm

ISBN: 3-86521-314-6

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