Nancy Rubins

American, b. 1952

275 followers
Follow

Nancy Rubins

American, b. 1952

275
Followers
Biography

Since the late 1970s, Nancy Rubins has been engineering everyday materials into heroic forms that seem to defy gravity and all expectations. She has bound together mattresses, smeared them with a coating of Entenmann’s cakes, and suspended them from the ceiling; joined together a dizzying assortment of old boats and cantilevered them over a public plaza; and built an assemblage of steel, concrete, and electrical appliances that towered 45 feet into the air. Though her stunningly complex, monumental sculptures have been interpreted as commentary on consumer culture, Rubins is driven by formal and aesthetic concerns. As she explains: “The desire to make something beautiful out of whatever you have got appealed to me.” In all of her work, she both extends and challenges the tradition of modernist sculpture, experimenting with the interplay of gravity, balance, form, and beauty.

Related Categories
Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

Since the late 1970s, Nancy Rubins has been engineering everyday materials into heroic forms that seem to defy gravity and all expectations. She has bound together mattresses, smeared them with a coating of Entenmann’s cakes, and suspended them from the ceiling; joined together a dizzying assortment of old boats and cantilevered them over a public plaza; and built an assemblage of steel, concrete, and electrical appliances that towered 45 feet into the air. Though her stunningly complex, monumental sculptures have been interpreted as commentary on consumer culture, Rubins is driven by formal and aesthetic concerns. As she explains: “The desire to make something beautiful out of whatever you have got appealed to me.” In all of her work, she both extends and challenges the tradition of modernist sculpture, experimenting with the interplay of gravity, balance, form, and beauty.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Nancy Rubins
Nancy Rubins’s Monumental Sculptures Vibrate with Wild Intensity
May 4th, 2020
For her Latest Show at Gagosian, Artist Nancy Rubins Turns to Children’s Toys
Aug 4th, 2014
Navigate right