拍品 38
  • 38

斯特林·魯比

估價
200,000 - 300,000 GBP
已售出
248,750 GBP
招標截止

描述

  • Sterling Ruby
  • 《SP186》
  • 款識:藝術家簽姓名縮寫、書題目並紀年11(背面)
  • 噴漆畫布
  • 245 x 214公分;96 1/2 x 84 1/4英寸

來源

Modern Collections, London

Private Collection, New York

Sotheby’s, Doha, 13 October 2014, Lot 16

Acquired from the above by the present owner

拍品資料及來源

Begun in 2007, Sterling Ruby's Spray Paintings combine the illicit with the theoretically legitimate, melding the unlawful status of graffiti with the lofty ideals of American abstract painting of the 1950s and 60s. As the artist explains, “my work evolved from looking at graffiti, vandalism, the violence of tags in the streets and other forms of visual aggression, but as is more and more the case in my work, my painting has become more formal, more abstract... I think of it in terms of space, depth, punctuation or colour, as I imagine artists have been doing for centuries” (Sterling Ruby in conversation with Jérôme Sans, in: ‘Schizophrenic Monuments’, L’Officiel Art, March - May 2013, p. 102). Introducing an urban sensibility into the discourse of contemporary painting and expanding the medium’s material territory through the application of a conceptual strategy, Ruby has emerged as one of the most influential painters of the past decade.

Alongside the indisputable contemporaneity of Ruby’s practice, the artist also considers himself part of the continuous narrative of painting, and acknowledges the influence of the giants of Abstract Expressionism: “Rothko’s work is charged with an important spiritual power, it influenced me a lot” (Ibid., p. 102). The immeasurable depth of Mark Rothko’s shimmering canvases are indeed mirrored in SP186 as is the influence of Jackson Pollock through the all-over abstract pattern of stippled sprays of pigment on the work’s surface. Via hazy fields of paint, SP186 knowingly invokes the sublime metaphysics of Abstract Expressionism. Set against a black background executed in Ruby’s signature spray-painted sfumato technique, the crystal-clear drops of paint that rupture the calm washes of pigment create a dazzling suggestion of depth. Executed in a commanding format, SP186 at once embodies the heroic scale of Action Painting and echoes the vast magnitude of the artist’s industrial studio in Los Angeles.

Having spent his student life between an initially formal and then an altogether theoretical art education, Ruby’s painterly language has its roots in this background. With either extreme resulting in artistic dissatisfaction, Ruby has, over the years, formulated a powerful artistic vocabulary that has succeeded in seamlessly fusing the material and formal act of painting with a theoretically sophisticated understanding of its contested territory. Throughout his multi-faceted career, he has experimented with a vast range of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, installation, and video – in each instance embracing culturally devalued mediums or repurposing discarded materials. Through his extensive exploration of the painterly potential of graffiti, SP186 epitomises Ruby's unique artistic language in which 'low' methods of mark-making are appropriated and re-evaluated. With its misty layers of spray paint and a persuasive suggestion of space, this painting is an arresting example of Ruby’s provocative practice.

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