Sterling Ruby’s first exhibition in New York in four years, his first here with Hauser, is a shocking show of force. He has, in effect, staged a museum survey for himself, presenting fresh examples from long-running series alongside new pieces. The show should give pause to his most ardent detractors; young artists, who have liberally copped his ideas, will be made to do some thinking.
“I kind of find this overwhelming,” fashion historian Cameron Silver said at the opening last Thursday evening of the annual contemporary art fair Art Los Angeles Contemporary. “I need a guide—I’m not an expert, I just know what I like. But there’s lots of potentially good Instagrams.”
Now in its fifth edition in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, the fair, which ran through Sunday, opened to sizable crowds, a flurry of parallel events like panel discussions and collection visits, and copious sales. Early reports indicated that a majority of booths had sold out by the time the invite-only, VIP crowd left later on Thursday night.
Los Angeles artist Sterling Ruby, who first showed with Pace Gallery about two years ago and had been positioned in some press coverage as something of a cornerstone of its contemporary program, is no longer with the gallery.