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February 1, 2019 Go See Sterling Ruby’s Giant Sculptures at the Nasher https://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2019/02/see-sterling-rubys-giant-sculptures-at-the-nasher/ The Los Angeles-based artist creates on a massive scale. by Natalie Gempel Last night’s opening reception was a first for the Nasher Sculpture Center; the museum set a piece of artwork aflame. Sterling Ruby’s STOVE, 2013, radiated warmth and woody perfume through the garden, a rustic counterpart to the slender, shiny patio heaters burning a few yards away. The massive furnace, one of 28 large-scale works that comprise Sterling Ruby: Sculpture, is the most literal example of the artist’s interest in functionality as an aesthetic. Raised in rural Pennsylvania by an American father and a Dutch mother, Ruby’s upbringing in a culture of crafts and utilitarianism permeates his work. His practice includes everything from collage to ceramics to clothing to photography to painting. That Bauhausian sensibility, paired with ...