R. Luke DuBois – Now

Matthew McLendon, Dan Cameron, Anne Collins Goodyear, Matthew Ritchie

ISBN: 978 1 85759 877 3
Size: 222 x 222 mm / 8.7 x 8.7 in.
Binding: paperback
Pages: 144
Images: 100 colour

UK £19.95 / US $35


  • First monograph published on the groundbreaking artist, who is the subject of a major interview feature in the New York Times
  • Published to accompany an exhibition at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art from January 31 2014 – May 4 2014



R. Luke DuBois: Now is a collection of work by a composer, artist and performer who explores the temporal, verbal and visual structures of our cultural and personal world. This lavish and unique monograph is the first survey of the artist's work from the 1990s to the present. Includes perceptive essays by leading critics, an introduction from artist Matthew Ritchie, and liner notes by DuBois himself. Featuring full-colour illustrations and an elegant design, this book will be the definitive volume on the work of this groundbreaking artist.


Other titles published by Scala for the Ringling Museum include: Beyond Bling, Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice, Triumph and Taste: Peter Paul Rubens at the Ringling Museum of Art, Ca d'Zan: Ringling's Venetian Palace: Art Spaces, Grounds and Gardens: Art Spaces, The Historic Asolo Theatre: Art Spaces, and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: Curator's Choice.



Matthew McLendon is curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Ringling Museum of Arts. Dan Cameron is the chief curator at County Museum of Art. Anne Collins Goodyear is co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Matthew Ritchie is a contemporary artist working in New Media.


"This show is mostly based on esoteric manipulations of algorithms and highly advanced software programs that I will never understand. But I am mesmerized by the visual and aural muscle of their applications... In the end, I stopped thinking about the technology and just marveled at the creative virtuosity of this collection. Would someone please nominate DuBois for one of those MacArthur Foundation genius grants?"
Tampa Bay Times

"It’s a fascinating example of what portraiture can be in this age of data,” Mr. McLendon said, “how we construct our own personas no longer through oil painting but through 300-word descriptions of ourselves. As our lives become so data-driven, as we spend more time in front of our computers creating virtual realities for ourselves — what else is Facebook? — I think Luke is investigating what this means at this moment in a really profound way."
New York Times, 12 January 2014

"He composes music, produces video, makes large-scale installations, creates prints, showcases alternative forms of portraiture and hosts a variety of other works in all forms and disciplines. Plus, he has a heavy focus on collaborative performance — it’ll be something we’ve never seen."