b'LOT #7STERLING RUBY LOT #8Ashtray 499, 2018 ED RUSCHAceramic1 / 8x 15 / 4x 12 in.7 3 True Proof, 2018Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery dry pigment and colored pencil on paper$13,000$15,000 1 4 1 27 /x 11 /in. Courtesy of the artistLos Angeles-based Sterling Ruby is acclaimed for his multifaceted practice, which includes paintings,$60,000$80,000ceramics, photography, sculpture, installations, and fashion. Ruby has often worked with clay, reimagining traditions of craft through conceptual and expressionist frameworks. Ashtray 499A central innovator of West-Coast Pop and Conceptual art, Ed Ruscha brings a wry humor to images humorously references everyday ceramic ashtrays of the kind that might be made in an art therapyand texts inspired by the vernacular culture of Los Angeles. The iconic artist first garnered attention class. Yet Ruby transforms the lowly functional craft object, using vivid glazes and surface effectsfor paintings, drawings, and artists books that feature textual elements and typography, which has to evoke a landscape of molten lava. Indeed, Rubys gestural piece reflects his interest in Germanremained an enduring focus of his work. Less interested in the literal meaning of words, Ruscha hot lava vessels from the 1970s and the California Craft movement. Like much of his work, Rubyspresents language as a found object, emphasizing sound and texture. In True Proof, the matter-of-ceramic sculptures are distinguished by their dense textures and rough, industrial sensibility. fact certainty of the title phrase is nuanced by sketchy letters and a hazy red background. And yet, Rubys museum survey is currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston throughit sets up a bit of a conundrum: what other kinds of proof are there? In 2016, MCASD organized the October 12, 2020. His work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the 10th Gwangju Biennale exhibition Ed Ruscha Then & Now: Paintings from the 1960s and 2000s. The Museums collection 12 and the 9th Taipei Biennial. Last year Ruby debuted his fashion label, S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA. 13 holds over 30 works by the artist including the outdoor mural Brave Men of La Jolla (19951996).'