“CHARLES LEDRAY: workworkworkworkwork” brings together over 25 years of remarkable work by Mr. LeDray, an artist who makes meticulously detailed, handcrafted work presented at an unexpected, usually small scale, using materials including fabric, ceramics, and human bone. This comprehensive survey of Charles LeDray’s work was organized in close collaboration with the artist.
The exhibition at the ICA/Boston, which will travel to the Whitney Museum in New York in November, brings to audiences the artist’s significant and fascinating body of work, work that we felt was under-recognized by the art-going public. To accompany the exhibition, we wanted to create a book that would be beautifully designed and would contribute to critical thinking about Mr. LeDray’s oeuvre. We engaged Skira Rizzoli, and Stefan Sagmeister to design it, and invited three thoughtful and engaging authors, Adam D. Weinberg, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, James Lingwood, co-director of Artangel in London and Jen Mergel, Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to contribute essays.
— Randi Hopkins, Associate Curator
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Charles LeDray was born in 1960 in Seattle, Washington, and currently lives and works in New York. “Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork,” a major exhibition surveying 25 years of the artist’s work can now be seen at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (July 16–Oct. 17, 2010). The exhibition will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (Nov. 18, 2010–Feb. 13, 2011) and to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (June-September 2011). The artist’s previous exhibitions include a solo show organized by the ICA Philadelphia (2002-2003); and a number of significant group exhibitions including Sculpture, the Cartin Collection, Hartford, Connecticut (2005); Past Presence: Childhood and Memory, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005); and the Lyon Biennale, France (2000). In 1993, LeDray received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and in 1997 he was the recipient of the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome. The artist’s work can be found in major public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.