Charles Ray, Tractor, 2005, Aluminum, 62-1/4" x 109-1/2" x 53-3/4", image courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.

Charles Ray - Professor, Sculpture

Charles Ray's recent exhibitions include 2012 one-person shows at Matthew Marks Gallery in Los Angeles and New York, as well as Charles Ray: Future fragment on a solid base at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, in 2011. Ray's outdoor work, Boy with Frog, an eight-foot-tall sculpture in painted steel depicting a boy holding a goliath frog, was installed at the Punta della Dogana in Venice from 2009 through early 2013, and a version of the sculpture has been on view at the Getty Center in Los Angeles since 2011. In 2007, Ray completed a ten-year project—a re-creation in Japanese cypress (Hinoki) of a fallen tree he had found in a meadow of California's Central Coast. The sculpture was hand carved by Japanese master woodworkers in Osaka, who worked from a life-size fiberglass model of the tree. He has had solo exhibitions at The Rooseum, Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden; The Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland; and the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo. A retrospective survey of Ray's work opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 1998 and toured to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Ray’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions at venues such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Art Institute of Chicago; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Dallas Museum of Art. Selected group exhibitions include Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles 1955—1985, Centre Pompidou, Paris; After Cézanne, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The American Century: Art and Culture, 1900—2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Ray has been included in five Biennial Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany; the Venice Biennale in 1993, 2003, and 2013; and the 1997 Biennale de Lyon, France.

Ray has received grants from the Larry Aldrich Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; Art Matters, Inc.; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation; the Canadian Arts Council (Visiting Foreign Artist Grant); The New Jersey Council for the Arts; and the Rutgers University Artists Fellowship.

MFA, Rutgers University; BFA, University of Iowa.


E-mail: searay@ucla.edu