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An object of adoration, the present work displays an articulation of the public’s discourse, presenting us, the collective, as the deity to be worshipped. The artist uses the precious material to encase the Celotex, completely disrupting the malleable and tactile properties of the original medium, toying with the spectator’s sensory associations. Stingel has participated in the , , and Venice Biennales, and was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in Subscribe to our newsletter and receive exclusive content about our auctions, exhibitions, and special events. Having become a significant figure in the New York art scene in the late s, Stingel gained notoriety for his manual titled Instructions, a self-published artist’s book that identifies and illustrates the tools and steps needed to make a painting.

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Tour Visions of the Self: Plan B stinyel, These were followed by paintings based on photographs of Stingel as a young man, both in black-and-white and in color, each painting capturing details such as the scratches and creases of the original printed photographs.

He depicted himself at various stages of his life, in a melancholy state, a mid-life crisis, and one as a much younger man dressed in an army uniform. Finally, the gauze is removed, resulting in a richly textured surface. Spatial adornment aside, the cumulative effect of both bodies of work, Shadows—and silver carpets, suggest an overarching abstraction from banality, a fracture in the everyday.

Numerous motives appear to have led to this behavior; the neutrality of the installation paired with the anonymity of the visitors certainly plays a role. Through reconsidering the appreciation of aesthetics as a relational experience, Stingel challenges ideas of cultural hierarchy, modes of stinyel, and the mythology of the artist.


His work often reflects upon fundamental questions concerning the medium of painting, such as the role of authenticity and context in contemporary art. Installed like ordinary radiators, the works nevertheless disallow their identification to a purely utilitarian object through their marbled ember-like glow.

The artist uses the precious material to encase the Celotex, completely disrupting the malleable and tactile properties of the original medium, toying with the spectator’s sensory associations. The inkblots given to patients to evaluate their responses are meant to unearth and reveal the subconscious of the viewer; in the present lot, Untitled, the mirrored surface, dense texture, and swirling imprints act as a kind of ledger, enchanting both the conscious and subconscious in each of its viewers.

Despite the prevailing minimalist and conceptual narrative of the time, the Italian-born artist sought to confront the fundamental aspirations and failures of Modernist painting through the very medium of painting itself. December 1, Auction Closed. Art Critics Association for the —07 season. Goings On About Town: An iconic example of Rudolf Stingel ‘s progressive form of opulent abstraction, a result of the artist’s experimentation with collective participation, gesture and material qualities, Untitled is one of only twelve panels created by the acclaimed artist in this size.

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The final work is then arranged in single, double or as in this stinggel a monumentous four panels taken from the much larger field of panels that covered the entire studio floor. Boldly colored, the works are cast from sections of shag carpets, yet they hang on the wall like minimalist paintings.


Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi, Venice •Mousse Magazine

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Selected exhibition history Selected bibliography. All rights reserved, DACS Here, the objectification of Stingel’s inclusive and permitted realm of drawing provides a visual springboard for us to observe the primal language which unites us.

Rudolf Stingel

Moving Pictures Flash Art. Upon landing in a conceptually driven New York art scene inStingel had already transitioned from abstract painting to enamel works on canvas. The carpet is laid almost perfect across the center of the canvas; the symmetry, combined with the intricate syingel, hypnotizes the viewer with its perfection and complexity.

Saatchi store Now available online School visits Education Programme Saatchi gallery membership Exclusive benefits to members. Download the full press release in English or French. Mark Borghi Fine Art Inc. Two years later, at the Biennale di Venezia, Stingel installed a red-orange carpet on the wall, further commenting on the power of display.

Opulent Abstraction: Stingel Sealed in Gold

Since the late s, Rudolf Stingel has approached painting in a conceptual and self-reflective way, exploring its possibilities and media-specific boundaries in the interplay of artistic approaches, materials, and forms. Inhe created a series of monochromatic works cast in polyurethane, rubber compound, aluminum, or bronze. The totemic form in the center opens its wings across the expansive space.

Untitled cements the passage of time as the casting seals off the marks made by visitors to the canvas, ending the work’s progressive creation and permanently transforming the random inscriptions into a historical and elevated artwork. Historic England Photo Library.