Sterling Ruby, ‘SP68’, 2009, Sotheby's

From the Catalogue
"I continuously saw spray paint being used to mark territory by gangs in the streets of Los Angeles… drug warfare played out in aesthetics, a power struggle of tagging that almost always became atmospheric and abstract due to the intense back and forth of rival gang members. The desire to make paintings was an absolute reaction to seeing graffiti and territorial disputes writ large in the streets, almost as if a case study. I found it almost impossible to ignore my generation’s continued struggle to find ways to make a meaningful painting. I like to think that I have found a way to make spray paint abstract."
Sterling Ruby
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed with the artist's initials, titled and dated 09 on the reverse

PaceWildenstein, New York
Private Collection, USA
Lindon Gallery, London
Private Collection

About Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby, a multidisciplinary artist who makes urethane and bronze sculptures, hallucinatory color-field canvases, and handmade ceramics, addresses the conflict between individual desire and social structure, and the influence of institutional architecture, both literal and figurative, on human behavior and psychology. In 2011 Ruby presented “Vampire,” an exhibition that explored the vampire as an archetypal seductive predator, standing in for the uncontrollable and insatiable drives that inform the darker aspects of human behavior, particularly that of Americans.

American, b. 1972, Bitburg, German, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows

Vito Schnabel, 
St. Moritz,
Le Bourget,
Central, Hong Kong,

Group Shows

Gagosian Shop, 
New York,
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