Charles Ray was born in Chicago, United States, in 1953. He started his career in the 1980s creating abstract art, and later introduced the human figure into his work, always confronting question of space. Ray’s art offers a new experience of the relationship with reality, confirming our fundamental intuition that reality is much more complex than we perceive it. Sculpture – the discipine par excellence for exploring spatial relationships – is the artistic form that addresses this complexity most effectively. Ray’s works take months of technical research, years of preparation, and the input of extremely qualified techncians (“the artist works with his own hands”, he says, “but today times have changed and I work with the hands of twenty people”). With their hallucinatory power, his works have the ability to destabilise the viewer, even if just for a second, and challenge our belief that we have control over reality.
The Kunstmuseum in Basel and the Art Institute in Chicago have dedicated a major retrospective to Charles Ray in 2014-2015. The artist is very reluctant to participate in monografic exhibitions.
His works were previously exhibited at Punta della Dogana in 'Untitled, 2020' (2020), 'Dancing Myself' (2018), 'Accrochage' (2016), 'Slip of the Tongue' (2015-2016), 'In Praise of Doubt' (2011-2013) and in 'Mapping the studio: Artists from the collection of François Pinault' (2009-2011); at Palazzo Grassi in 'The World Belongs to You' (2011-2012), in 'The Collection of François Pinault: a Post-Pop selection' (2006-2007) and in 'Where Are We Going? Works chosen from the collection of François Pinault' (2006).