February 3, 2019


Two ways to experience Sterling Ruby in Dallas

Ceramics, sculpture, collage, video—the mediums of Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby‘s works vary as vastly as the topics they address, from Japanese handcrafts to the prison system to graffiti to schizophrenia.

This weekend, Nasher Sculpture Center opens the first-ever museum exhibition dedicated to Ruby’s large-scale sculptures. It’s surprising that it hasn’t happened sooner, given his acclaim as one of the most influential contemporary artists. (His name became known to a much wider audience after his collabs with designer Raf Simons. You should check your pulse if you weren’t charmed during the scene in Dior and I when Simons uses his FLIP PHONE to send Ruby pics of the fabrics printed with his work.)

The new exhibition Sterling Ruby: Sculpture includes more than 30 works ranging from poured polyurethane pieces to several-hundred-pound ceramic collages, many of which fall into Ruby’s carefully categorized series, like ACTS (formica and dyed urethane blocks inscribed with obscure words and acronyms) or SCALES, which features mobiles of abstract forms and found objects in three-dimensional collages.

The Nasher exhibition isn’t your only opportunity to view Ruby’s work in Dallas. The windows at Forty Five Ten currently showcase a visual display featuring one of Ruby’s SCALES, designed in collaboration with CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC.

Above pieces from the Pre-Spring 2019 collection float found objects, textile elements, and colorful abstracts. “We’re so excited for the CALVIN KLEIN Klein 205W39NYC x Sterling Ruby installation in our Dallas flagships’ windows,” says Kristen Cole, Forty Five Ten President and Chief Creative Officer. “I am a big fan of Sterling Ruby’s work and love nothing more than seeing fashion paired with art in a compelling way,”

The Details: Forty Five Ten display is located on the Elm Street side, 1608 Elm Street. On view through February 15. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street. On view through April 21.