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  • Provenance

    Spruth Magers, London

  • Exhibited

    London, The Saatchi Gallery, Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, 29 May, 2009 - 17 January, 2010

  • Catalogue Essay

    Working across a variety of disciplines, the highly prolific Sterling
    Ruby creates striking works which invoke the Modernist and
    Minimalist movements yet keep their form and materiality utterly
    unique and contemporary. Ruby’s performance and ritualistic
    practice pays homage to his biggest influences, fellow Los
    Angeles artists Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy. Like their work,
    Ruby’s is extremely visceral with his large-scale spray-painted
    canvases of which SP58 is the most monumental to appear at
    auction. It is breathtakingly lurid and bright, with sharply-defined
    splatters of acrylic paint over blurred, neon topographical maps.
    The highly developed and worked abstract fields are reminiscent
    of graffiti-filled urban murals in which the perception of space is
    contorted, thus highlighting the flatness of the picture plane.
     

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SP58

2008
Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas.
317.5 x 469.9 cm (125 x 185 in).
Initialled, titled and dated ‘SR.08 SP58’ on the reverse.

Estimate
£150,000 - 250,000 ♠ †

Sold for £193,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010
London