Charles LeDray

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Born in Seattle in 1960, Charles LeDray lives and works in New York.  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.  From 2002-2003, LeDray was the subject of a survey exhibition organized by the ICA Philadelphia, which traveled to the Arts Club of Chicago, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Seattle Art Museum. In 2009, Artangel, London commissioned “MENS SUITS,” a major installation in a 19th century Victorian firehouse. In 2010, the ICA Boston organized a comprehensive retrospective, “Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork,” which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2012, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach presented a solo exhibition. Most recently, his work was installed at Olana and the Thomas Cole Site as part of the exhibition “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home” (2015). LeDray’s work can be found in many major public collections including The Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hammer Museum at UCLA; and Wadsworth Atheneum. LeDray has had one-person shows at Sperone Westwater in 2003 and 2007. A solo presentation of his work was at ADAA: The Art Show 2014.

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Charles LeDray
Sachet, 2013-2014
mixed media
5 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 8 1/4  inches (14 x 38,7 x 21 cm)
SW 14043
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Kitchenette, 2011-2014
mixed media
19 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (48,9 x 34,2 x 6,3 cm)
SW 14016

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Charles LeDray
Picnic, 2005-2013
mixed media
31 1/2 x 28 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches (80 x 71,7 x 13,6 cm)
SW 14015
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Debbie Frank Petersen, Nina and Michael Zilkha, and Mickey Cartin, and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

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Charles LeDray
Daisy Chain, 2013-2014
mixed media
1 1/8 x 16 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches (2,8 x 42 x 39,3 cm)
SW 14044

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Charles LeDray
Rainbow, 2012-2014
mixed media
32 x 78 x 15 1/4 inches (81,3 x 198,1 x 38,7 cm)
SW 14040
Collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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Charles LeDray
Assemblyman, 2006-2014
mixed media
25 1/2 x 16 7/8 x 3 inches (69,7 x 42,8 x 7,6 cm)
SW 14041
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Mobile Home, 2012
mixed media
27 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches (70 x 31,8 x 13,6 cm)
SW 12182
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Grey Area, 2009
mixed media
24 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches (62,2 x 22,2 x 8,9 cm)
SW 09246
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Men's Suits, 2006-2009
mixed media installation
dimensions variable
SW 09068

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Charles LeDray
Men's Suits, 2006-2009
mixed media installation
dimensions variable
SW 09068

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Charles LeDray
Men's Suits, 2006-2009
mixed media installation
dimensions variable
SW 09068

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Charles LeDray
Overcoat, 2004
fabric, wood, metal, paint, plastic, thread
25 1/2 x20 x 11 inches (64,8 x 50,8 x 27,9 cm)
SW 04342
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Untitled (suit with small suit cut from it), 2000
fabric, thread, plastic, metal, wood, paint
28 1/2 x 12 x 3 inches (72.4 x 30.5 x 7.6 cm.)
SW 01074
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Hang 'Em Up, 2008-2010
mixed media
20 x 13 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (50,8 x 34,3 x 11,4 cm)
SW 08091
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Hall Tree, 2006
wood, wood stain, casein paint, shellac, brass, fabric, thread, leather, plastic, gold plated brass, white-gold plated brass, dirt
29 x 14 x 9 1/2 inches (73,7 x 35,6 x 24 cm)
SW 06481
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Flip Flops, 2006
mixed media
13 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches (34.9 x 19 x 11.75 cm)
SW 06441
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Clothesline, 1994
fabric, thread, embroidery floss, metal beads, buttons
approximately 16 feet long (487,7 cm)
SW 06304
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
I'm Curious, 2002-2013
mixed media
14 x 9 1/2 inches (35,6 x 24,1 cm) image
30 x 25 x 3 inches (76,2 x 63,5 x 7,6 cm) frame
SW 13124
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Patch/Work, 1999-2002
fabric, embroidery floss, thread, leather, paint, ink, steel, brass
38 x 34 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (96,5 x 87,6 x 3,8 cm)
SW 03011
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Lining, Detail, 2005
fabric, thread, gold, seed pearls, cotton batting, embroidery floss
34 1/2 x 27 3/7 x 4 3/4 inches (87,6 x 69,5 x 12,1 cm) overall
SW 05404
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Untitled, 1993
fabric, thread, buttons, wire
24 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 3 1/8 inches (61,3 x 26,7 x 7,9 cm) overall
SW 06197
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Untitled, 1991
fabric, thread, buttons, wood, glass, masking tape, gummed paper tape
9 1/4 x 17 3/4 x 3/8 inches (23,5 x 45 x 1 cm)
SW 05142
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Untitled/Hoop, 1994
fabric, thread, emboridery floss, metal, beads, buttons, wood, wire
51 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (130,8 x 125,7 x 6,4 cm)
SW 06201
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Untitled (Web), 1992
fabric, thread, buttons
79 x 57 inches (200,7 x 144,8 cm)
SW 07278
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
workworkworkworkwork, 1991
588 mixed media objects
approx: 45 feet x 10 inches x 2 inches
SW 02485
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Party Bed, 2006-2007
Mixed media
Base: punch-hook rug: 40 1/2 x 49 1/4 x 1/4 inches (102,9 x 125,1 x 0,6 cm)
Bed:  25 1/2 x 44 x 22 1/2 inches (64,8 x 111,8 x 57,2 cm)
Overall:  25 3/4 x 49 1/4 x 40 1/2 inches (65,4 x 125,1 x 102,9 cm)
SW 07067
The Cartin Collection

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Charles LeDray
Untitled (Men's Suits), 2009
mixed media
27 3/4 x 55 x 40 inches (70,5 x 140 x 101,6 cm)
SW 09087
Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

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Charles LeDray
Cigar Boxes, 1996-2006
Mixed media
12 3/4 x 14 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches (32,4 x 36,8 x 19,4 cm)
SW 07023
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Toy Chest, 2005-2006
mixed media
8 1/4 x 13 x 5 5/8 inches (21 x 33 x 14,3 cm)
SW 07022
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Anvil, 2006
Mixed media (see materials list)
11 1/8 x 12 3/8 x 4 3/8 inches (28,26 x 31,43 x 11,11 cm)
SW 06440
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Oasis, 1996-2003
glazed ceramic, glass, steel
96 x 36 x 36 inches (243,8 x 91,4 x 91,4 cm) overall
SW 03033
Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Charles LeDray
Untitled, 1996-2003
glazed ceramic, glass, steel
96 x 36 x 36 inches (243,8 x 91,4 x 91,4 cm) overall
SW 03034
The Cartin Collection

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Charles LeDray
Jewelry Window, 2002
fabric, thread, wood, metal, glass, plastic, paint, electric light
approx: 54 x 75 x 42 inches (137,2 x 190,5 x 106,7 cm)
SW 02249

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Charles LeDray
Untitled (Tower), 1999-2000
human bone
18 1/8 x 9 x 4 7/8 inches (46 x 22,9 x 12,4 cm)
Collection Wadsworth Atheneum, Harford, CT
Promised gift of The Cartin Collection

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Charles LeDray
Cricket Cage, 2002
human bone
3 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 1 7/16 inches (8,6 x 8,6 x 3,7 cm)
SW 03006

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Charles LeDray
Buttons, 2000-2001
Human bone
130 pieces, approx. and variable: 1/4 x 14 x 14 inches (0,6 x 35,6 x 35,6 cm)
SW 02135

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Charles LeDray
Ring Finger, 2004
ivory, gold
1 x 5 1/8 x 1 inches (2,5 x 13 x 2,5 cm)
SW 04345
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Tellurian, 2000
Human bone
3 1/4 x 3 3/8 x 1 1/4 inches (8,3 x 8,6 x 3,2 cm)
SW 02133
Private Collection

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Charles LeDray
Wheat, 2000
Human bone
1/2 x 24 x 6 1/2 inches (1,3 x 61 x 16,5 cm)
SW 02134
The Cartin Collection

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Charles LeDray
Untitled, 1994
polished cotton, cotton fabric and thread
2 pieces: 20 x 22 inches (50,8 x 55 cm)
22 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches (56,5 x 50,2 cm)
SW 02463
Private Collection

Artist exhibitions

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Summer Sculpture
8 July - 15 August 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Untitled (Giotto's O)
30 November 2012 - 15 February 2013
Sperone Westwater, Lugano
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Sculpture Show
Works by: Bertozzi & Casoni, Wim Delvoye, Charles LeDray, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Evan Penny, Tom Sachs, Not Vital, and moreā€¦
25 June - 4 September 2009
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Exhibition
Bertozzi & Casoni, Lucio Fontana, Charles LeDray, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Evan Penny, Richard Tuttle, and Not Vital
12 June - 31 August 2007
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Charles LeDray
20 February - 24 March 2007
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Charles LeDray
30 January - 1 March 2003
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist publications

Artist press

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2014 ADAA Art Show
By Eric Bryant
5 March 2014
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Charles LeDray, Whitney Museum, New York
By Ariella Budick
9 December 2010
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All in LeDray's Work
By Matthew Nichols
November 2010
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Charles LeDray
By Joshua Mack
14 March 2007
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Art in Review: Charles LeDray
By Bridget Goodbody
9 March 2007
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Press Kit