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  • Charles Ray, Unpainted Sculpture, 1997, fiberglass, paint, 5' 7“ x 6' 6” x 14' 3".

    Charles Ray, Unpainted Sculpture, 1997, fiberglass, paint, 5' 7“ x 6' 6” x 14' 3".

    “Charles Ray: Sculpture 1997–2014”

    Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart
    St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
    June 15–September 28, 2014

    Curated by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi and James Rondeau

    From his early performative pieces, in which the LA-based artist incorporated his own body, to the psychologically charged modulations of scale and perceptually disorienting flirtations with Minimalism in his most iconic works, Charles Ray has proved to be an artist of remarkable range. This survey of monochromatic sculptures and reliefs fittingly picks up where his last major retrospective left off—with Unpainted Sculpture,1997, a ghostly cast of a crashed car that prompted Ray’s prescient quip to curator Paul Schimmel: “It’s like looking at Titanic. Is it real or computer-generated?” That tension has only become more pronounced in later aluminum, fiberglass, porcelain, stainless-steel, and wood figures, which increasingly are the result of 3-D scanning and CNC machining as well as of traditional carving techniques, via all of which representational form and sculptural content are melded into one seamless surface.

    Travels to the Art Institute of Chicago, May 24–Oct. 4, 2015.