what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray

what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray

two parisian museums jointly present charles ray’s WORK

 

from february to june 2022, the work of american sculptor charles ray will be on view at two parisian museums simultaneously. the bourse de commerce – pinault collection and the centre pompidou jointly present two exhibitions, one in each museum, devoted to the artist. ray’s oeuvre of works, which consists of some 100 sculptures and bas-reliefs, asks the viewer ‘what is a sculpture?’,  offering multiple answers in return. whether the work is produced in steel, fiberglass, aluminium, cement, paper or polished steel, his practice brings together various processes, between craftsmanship and cutting-edge industrial technology, always concealing a complexity that is often prodigious and time-consuming.

 

over a third of ray’s sculpted work can be seen in paris for the first time, with approximately twenty works at the bourse de commerce – pinault collection, and the equivalent at the centre pompidou. this carte blanche to the artist marks the first of its kind in france and europe in terms of its scale. the two events offer complementary perspectives and have led to a joint and in-depth publication on charles ray’s work, published by the centre pompidou under the direction of jean-pierre criqui and caroline bourgeois.

what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray
charles ray, horse and rider, 2014, stainless steel, 278 x 102 x 269 cm, © charles ray, pinault collection forecourt of the bourse de commerce – pinault collection, paris, 2021, courtesy pinault collection. photo by aurélien mole (also header image)

 

 

over a third of RAY’S SCULPTURAL PIECES IN PARIS

 

a major figure on the contemporary art scene, charles ray was born in chicago in 1953, and currently lives and works in los angeles. ray’s work is informed by an in-depth knowledge of the history of sculptural art, from ancient greek sculptures to the creations of some of his contemporaries, and is distinguished by its immediacy. through their ‘strange familiarity’, ambiguity, and flawless technical precision, his sculptural pieces destabilize, almost managing to unsettle the space around them.

 

the exhibitions at the bourse de commerce – pinault collection and the centre pompidou, designed in dialogue with the artist, offer a journey through a landscape engaging both the mind and the body, with a representative collection that illustrates the different directions of his works. at the bourse de commerce, the exhibition covers two-thirds of the total exhibition surface area, stretching from the forecourt to the rotunda, and from the salon to the galleries on the second floor. it reveals an exceptional collection, including six previously unknown works, coming from the pinault collection and on loan from major international public and private collections. meanwhile, two works from the pinault collection are on loan to the centre pompidou for the occasion. both exhibitions open on february 16, with the bourse de commerce one closing on june 6 and the centre pompidou on june 20, 2022.

what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray
charles ray, horse and rider, 2014, stainless steel, 278 x 102 x 269 cm, © charles ray, pinault collection forecourt of the bourse de commerce – pinault collection, paris, 2021, courtesy pinault collection. photo by aurélien mole

what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray
boy with frog, 2009, painted stainless steel, 247 x 91 x 96.5 cm, sculpture 99.8 kg, base 34 kg, pinault collection © charles ray | exhibition view, mapping the studio, punta della dogana, 2009-2011, photo by joshua white

what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray
tractor, 2005, aluminum, 144 x 306 x 155 cm, astrup fearley museet © charles ray, courtesy of the artist and matthew marks gallery, photo by beth phillips

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the new beetle, 2006, painted stainless steel, 53 x 88 x 72 cm, 91 kg © charles ray, glenstone museum, courtesy matthew marks gallery and studio charles ray. photo by joshua white

what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray
fall ‘91, 1992, painted fiberglass, synthetic hair, clothing, jewelry, glass and metal, 243,84 x 66,04 x 91,44 cm © charles ray courtesy matthew marks gallery. photo DR

what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray
no, 1992, color photograph, artist frame, 96.5 x 76.2 cm. | the broad art foundation © charles ray courtesy matthew marks gallery. photograph by reto pedrini, zurich, switzerland/suisse

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unpainted sculpture, 1997, painted fiberglass. based on a real wrecked pontiac grand AM car. 152,4 x 198 x 434 cm. | walker art center, minneapolis (don of bruce and martha atwater, ann and barrie birks, dolly fiterman, erwin and miriam kelen, larry perlman and linda peterson perlman, harriet and edson spencer with the complementary fund of t. b. walker acquisition fund, 1998) © charles ray courtesy of the artist. photograph by josh white

what is a sculpture? bourse de commerce + centre pompidou exhibit the work of charles ray
plank piece I & II, 1973, 2 black and white photographs mounted on cardboard 100, 3 x 68,5 cm. each, glenstone museum, potomac, maryland © charles ray courtesy matthew marks gallery

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self-portrait, 1990, painted fiberglass, clothing, eyewear, synthetic hair, glass and metal. 190,5 x 66 x 50,8 cm., orange county museum of art, california ; purchase of the museum. © charles ray courtesy matthew marks gallery. photograph by reto pedrini
self-portrait, 1990, painted fiberglass, clothing, eyewear, synthetic hair, glass and metal. 190,5 x 66 x 50,8 cm., orange county museum of art, california ; purchase of the museum. © charles ray courtesy matthew marks gallery. photograph by reto pedrini
young man, 2012, stainless steel, 180.3 x 53.3 x 34.3 cm, 657.7 kg, pinault collection © charles ray, courtesy matthew marks gallery
young man, 2012, stainless steel, 180.3 x 53.3 x 34.3 cm, 657.7 kg, pinault collection © charles ray, courtesy matthew marks gallery
young man, 2012, stainless steel, 180.3 x 53.3 x 34.3 cm, 657.7 kg, pinault collection © charles ray, courtesy matthew marks gallery
young man, 2012, stainless steel, 180.3 x 53.3 x 34.3 cm, 657.7 kg, pinault collection © charles ray, courtesy matthew marks gallery
huck and jim, 2014, painted fiberglass, from mark twain's the adventures of huckleberry finn, 283,2 x 137 x 136,5 cm. © charles ray courtesy matthew marks gallery. photograph by josh white
huck and jim, 2014, painted fiberglass, from mark twain's the adventures of huckleberry finn, 283,2 x 137 x 136,5 cm. © charles ray courtesy matthew marks gallery. photograph by josh white

project info:

 

artist: charles ray

venues: bourse de commerce – pinault collection and centre pompidou

duration: february 16 to june 6, 2022, at bourse de commerce – pinault collection | february 16 to june 20, 2022, at the centre pompidou

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