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509
Sterling Ruby
SP06
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 337,500 USD
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509
Sterling Ruby
SP06
Estimate
300,000400,000
LOT SOLD. 337,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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Sterling Ruby
B. 1972
SP06
signed with the artist's initials, titled and dated 07 on the reverse
spray paint on canvas
96 1/8 by 84 1/4 in. 244.2 by 214 cm.
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Provenance

Metro Pictures, New York
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Europe
Acquired from the above by the present owner in February 2015

Catalogue Note

"I continuously saw spray paint being used to mark territory by gangs in the streets of Los Angeles… drug warfare played out in aesthetics, a power struggle of tagging that almost always became atmospheric and abstract due to the intense back and forth of rival gang members. The desire to make paintings was an absolute reaction to seeing graffiti and territorial disputes writ large in the streets, almost as if a case study. I found it almost impossible to ignore my generation’s continued struggle to find ways to make a meaningful painting. I like to think that I have found a way to make spray paint abstract."

Sterling Ruby

Contemporary Art Day Auction

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New York