Charles Ray

born 1953

Charles Ray, ‘Plank Piece I-II’ 1973
Plank Piece I-II 1973
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In Tate Liverpool


Charles Ray (born 1953) is a Los Angeles-based American sculptor. He is known for his strange and enigmatic sculptures that draw the viewer's perceptual judgments into question in jarring and unexpected ways. Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times wrote that Ray's "career as an artist…is easily among the most important of the last twenty years."

Charles Ray does not complete any of his art work, the last major pieces have been completed by Quarra Stone Company LLC in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Artist as subject

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  • Charles Ray

    Los Angeles-based Charles Ray has described his work as so abstract it becomes real and so real it becomes abstract.


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