Charles Ray

American, b. 1953

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Charles Ray

American, b. 1953

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Best known for his sculptures of almost imperceptibly altered, or wildly exaggerated, familiar objects, Charles Ray creates mesmerizing, disorienting works that challenge perception. With Firetruck (1993), for example, Ray enlarged a toy Tonka truck to the proportions of an actual fire truck and “parked” it in front of the Whitney Museum in New York. From afar, Firetruck looked real. It was only upon approach that viewers saw that it was not. Ray’s Ink Line (1987), an example of his exquisitely subtle work, consists of a stream of black ink running from a dime-sized hole in the ceiling to a dime-sized hole in the floor. Upon close inspection, viewers realize that what looks like a piece of string is actually a continuous flow of liquid.

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Kunstmuseum Basel, and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 16 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Biography

Best known for his sculptures of almost imperceptibly altered, or wildly exaggerated, familiar objects, Charles Ray creates mesmerizing, disorienting works that challenge perception. With Firetruck (1993), for example, Ray enlarged a toy Tonka truck to the proportions of an actual fire truck and “parked” it in front of the Whitney Museum in New York. From afar, Firetruck looked real. It was only upon approach that viewers saw that it was not. Ray’s Ink Line (1987), an example of his exquisitely subtle work, consists of a stream of black ink running from a dime-sized hole in the ceiling to a dime-sized hole in the floor. Upon close inspection, viewers realize that what looks like a piece of string is actually a continuous flow of liquid.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Kunstmuseum Basel, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 16 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more