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Ο ♦26

Property of an Important European Collector

Untitled

1989
70 7/8 x 98 3/8 in. (180 x 250 cm)
acrylic and oil on canvas
Signed and dated "Stingel 89" on the reverse.

Estimate
$1,500,000 - 2,500,000 

sold for $2,965,000

Contact Specialist
Kate Bryan
Head of Evening Sale
New York
+ 1 212 940 1267

  • Provenance

    Massimo De Carlo, Milan
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Milan, Massimo De Carlo, Rudolf Stingel, 1989

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Silver makes everything look contemporary… If you paint something silver, it looks, I don’t know, from today.” Rudolf Stingel

    First recognized in the late 1980s for his monochromatic works, Rudolf Stingel has developed a singular approach to painting that aims to examine and reinvigorate the very essence of two-dimensional visual expression in a post-modern environ. Characterized by simultaneous attention to surface, image, color and space, his paintings create new paradigms for the meaning of painting that reflect upon the fundamental questions concerning the practice today: authenticity, meaning, hierarchy and context. Works such as this superb early Untitled, 1989, clearly elucidate Stingel’s profound conceptual and technical ability. His Untitled is a shimmering veil of silver intercut with burning yellow, enveloping the entirety of the canvas in a complex push-pull between the rich lusciousness of the yellows blooming below the luminescent silver surface. Executed in 1989, the same year the artist published his step-by-step manual for creating such paintings, Instruzioni (Instructions), this early work is a fantastic example of the distinctive abstract paintings produced by Stingel beginning around this time and continuing through the 1990s.

    Stingel has been able to successfully incorporate a highly conceptual component to his process-based practice and use of materials. His preoccupation with what painting is, its limitations, and what it can achieve has taken him to challenge every assumption and theory about the medium. Simultaneously, Stingel’s paintings, like those of many of his contemporaries, find precedent in the art historical traditions of painting, seeking to push the development of the medium to ever greater heights. The German artist Gerhard Richter, for example, blurs photo-realist paintings to overcome the natural limitations of figurative painting, resulting in the integration of both abstraction and figuration into one work. Stingel’s paintings, however, fall between abstraction and figuration, even between time and space, becoming decoration, painting, architecture all at once, indeed transcending the traditional genre. As Francesco Bonami notes, “While painting is an action, it must also be an observation. The mere act of painting does not create a painting but simply some painting. But if the action of painting is used as a lens to observe reality to create another reality, then we have a Painting... Stingel creates a transitive way to recede from abstraction into the subject and to push the subject into a different kind of time.” (Francesco Bonami “Paintings of Paintings for Paintings – The Kairology and Kronology of Rudolf Stingel” in Rudolf Stingel, exh. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2007, pp. 13-14)

  • Artist Bio

    Rudolf Stingel

    Italian • 1956

    New York-based Italian artist Rudolf Stingel was first recognized in the late 1980s for his singular conceptual approach to painting. He constantly questions the function, utility and limits of the medium through hyper-detailed stencil work and by way of a lavish bourgeois aesthetic thrown onto bordered surfaces. Borrowing from the Baroque, Stingel sets up a visual landscape from which the viewer expects excess, but that quickly destabilizes the field of vision by creating a perfectly contained work of traditional beauty.

    In effort to push the effect of painting to its limits, Stingel notoriously challenges
    questions of authorship by using various materials, including carpet, styrofoam and silver sheets, to recontextualize surface, depth and color.

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Ο ♦26

Property of an Important European Collector

Untitled

1989
70 7/8 x 98 3/8 in. (180 x 250 cm)
acrylic and oil on canvas
Signed and dated "Stingel 89" on the reverse.

Estimate
$1,500,000 - 2,500,000 

sold for $2,965,000

Contact Specialist
Kate Bryan
Head of Evening Sale
New York
+ 1 212 940 1267

20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

New York Auction 8 May 2016 

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