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Charles Ray, Sleeping Woman, 2012, solid stainless steel, 35 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 50".

Charles Ray

Matthew Marks Gallery

Charles Ray, Sleeping Woman, 2012, solid stainless steel, 35 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 50".

For more than five years now, Charles Ray has been making sculptures based closely on the human figure, somewhat in the manner of his first work of this type, Aluminum Girl, 2003. In his 2007 show at Matthew Marks Gallery, another such piece, The New Beetle, 2007, depicted, if that is the word, a naked young boy seated directly on the ground playing with a small model of a Volkswagen. Since then, Ray has been mining this vein in a number of works, three of which, all dated 2012, made up his recent exhibition in the same gallery.

The first to be completed, Sleeping Woman, had its origin in more than a hundred photographs taken by the artist of an African-American woman asleep on a bench on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. She seems to be wearing sweatpants, a lightweight jacket (which pulls up in back because of her bodily position), and sneakers. She’s seated on the bench but is

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