July 8, 2016 - Belvedere - Sterling Ruby
July 8, 2016

Belvedere

Sterling Ruby, S.R.BELVEDERE.1, 2016. Courtesy Sterling Ruby Studio.

Sterling Ruby
July 8–October 16, 2016

Winterpalais of Prince Eugene of Savoy
Himmelpfortgasse 8
1010 Vienna
Austria

www.winterpalais.at
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Sterling Ruby
July 8–October 16, 2016

Winterpalais of Prince Eugene of Savoy
Himmelpfortgasse 8
1010 Vienna
Austria

www.winterpalais.at
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube

The Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby (born on an American Air Force 1972 in Bitburg, Germany) is undoubtedly one of the most influential and innovative artists of the generation born in the 1970s and is still one of the most enigmatic, controversial and unfailingly unpredictable figures in the art world. He works prolifically in a wide range of media, from glazed biomorphic ceramics and poured urethane sculptures to large-scale spray-painted canvases, nail polish drawings, collages and videos. Through his varied practice he conducts an assault on traditional artistic materials and social structures, referencing subjects that include marginalized societies, maximum-security prisons, modernist architecture, artifacts and antiquities, graffiti, bodybuilders, the mechanisms of warfare, cults and urban gangs. His work engages with issues related to autobiography, art history, and the violence and pressures within society. Throughout he vacillates between the fluid and the static, the minimalist and the expressionist, the pristine and tarnished.

Sterling Ruby’s first-ever European survey
Within this context the exhibition in the richly decorated baroque rooms of the former residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, the Winterpalais, is particularly extraordinary and unique due to the contrast and comparison between the two historical periods and indeed between the two aesthetics. The exhibition represents a survey of the artist’s work including ceramics, bronze, steel and urethane sculptures, mobiles, soft works and tapestries. Ruby’s works create a visual and conceptual opposition when set against the backdrop of the celebration of warfare throughout the Winterpalais.

About the Winterpalais
The Belvedere Museum, founded in 1903 as the Moderne Galerie, houses Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day including the world’s largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt. The Museum lives in four iconic sites in Vienna—Upper and Lower Belvedere at the Belvedere Castle, the 21er Haus. Museum of Contemporay Art and the Winterpalais. Besides the Belvedere Palace, Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736), head of the Habsburg armies in their Turkish wars, had built the Winterpalais for himself. In 2013, the lavish stately residence located in Vienna’s city center opened its doors to the public after comprehensive restoration and 300 years of being closed off. Today, the staterooms are an exhibition space for artistic encounters between the baroque interior, the Belvedere’s collections and contemporary art. Since 2007, Agnes Husslein-Arco is the director of the Belvedere.

Curator:
Mario Codognato

#SterlingRuby @Winterpalais

Press contact:  
Julia Aßl, 21er Haus
j.assl [​at​] belvedere.at / T +43 1 79 557 185


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