Sterling Ruby - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Brussels, Xavier Hufkens, Sterling Ruby/Robert Mapplethorpe, 10 December 2009 - 14 January 2010, pp. 20-21, 24 and 25 (illustrated, pp. 20-21, 24)

  • Literature

    Kate Fowle, Franklin Sirmans and Jessica Morgan, Sterling Ruby, New York, 2016, p. 87 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    'Using clay became a way to just make something, it represented the gesture I was longing for. I started to see my ceramics as monuments to my desire to make a sincere gesture, and the shame that came with it....For me, as a material, clay has always been about malleability as opposed to vulnerability. That being said, I incorporate the failure and fragility of ceramics by using broken fragments from previous works in the creation of new pieces. I like the opportunity for chance, the reclamation and recycling through materials. It becomes an autobiographical excavation, my own archaeology.' Sterling Ruby


The Tripper

glazed ceramic
13.8 x 68.9 x 50.8 cm (5 3/8 x 27 1/8 x 20 in.)
Executed in 2009.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £25,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 8 March 2019