Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork
Nov 18, 2010–Feb 13, 2011

THE INSTALLATION AT NEW YORK’S ASTOR PLACE

In the summer of 1991, LeDray layed out nearly six hundred miniature objects on a sidewalk in the center of New York’s Astor Place for the first installation of workworkworkworkwork.

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A blue jacket filled with small, colorful dresses.

Charles LeDray (b. 1960), Overcoat, 2004. Fabric, wood, metal, paint, plastic and thread, 25 x 20 x 11 in. (64.8 x 50.8 x 27.9 cm). Collection of Tom and Alice Tisch, New York. Photograph by Tom Powel. Courtesy of Sperone Westwater

Over the past twenty years, New York-based sculptor Charles LeDray (b. 1960, Seattle) has created a highly distinctive and powerful body of work using such materials as sewn cloth, carved human bone, and glazed ceramics. This major survey, which includes works from the 1980s to the present, celebrates both the artist’s virtuosity with materials and his uncanny manipulation of scale to create seemingly familiar objects that engage the collective memory. His techniques of sewing, carving bone, and throwing clay pots find precedents in the traditions of folk art and visionary art, yet rise to a level of unprecedented virtuosity and artistic invention. The exhibition is curated by Randi Hopkins for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Its Whitney installation will be overseen by curator Carter Foster.


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Exhibition Catalogue

Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork
By James Lingwood, Jen Mergel, and Adam Weinberg

The most comprehensive review of a remarkable contemporary artist’s work in an extraordinary package designed by Sagmeister, Inc. Since the early 1990s, New York–based artist Charles LeDray has become known for his miniaturized sculptures of hand-stitched clothing, carved human bone, and thimble-sized ceramics. Their intimate scale and materials poignantly evoke allusions to childhood memory, gender and class stereotypes, and wonder in the everyday

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In the News

Review: “His magical retrospective … is dumbfounding. That one man could have singlehandedly created all these things defies credibility.”
The New York Times

Review: “Some of the richest, most touching and witty art I have seen in a long while”
The Financial Times

Review: "The artist uses tiny scale to monumental effect."
--Time Out New York

"Men’s Suits emerges from the darkness like a vivid dream."
--T Magazine/The New York Times

"Every element in his work is created practically from scratch by hand--artificially aged fabrics, tiny metal and plastic hangers, doll-sized ladders, and miniature porcelain pots."
--Artnet

The Approval Matrix: “minature-vintage-clothing art”
New York

“With his sometimes diminutive, meticulously made objects . . . the New York artist Charles LeDray thinks giant thoughts.”
The New York Times

“you might just think you stumbled onto the set for Gulliver’s Travels.”
The Village Voice

Charles LeDray’s incredible miniatures hold big interest for kids.”
Time Out New York Kids

an enthralling, meticulous solo show”
WNYC Culture Blog