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."

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Artist as subject

Charles Ray Plank Piece I-II


Film and audio

Charles Ray

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


Early one morning: Anthony Caro

Charles Ray and Michael Fried

Sculptors and architects both work with form in space, albeit on different scales and using varying methods. Anthony Caro, known ...

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