März 2007

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  • Provenance

    Arario Gallery, Seoul
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Seoul, Arario Gallery, Our Magic Hour, 30 March - 20 April 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    Known for his vast mixed-media production, Ugo Rondinone is a Swiss artist who emerged on the international art scene in the 1980s. After studying at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunste in Vienna, he moved to New York where he currently lives and works. Having had several solo exhibitions around the world, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla in León, Spain, he represented Switzerland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007.

    Among his multi-faceted production, which spans across various media including painting, sculpture, photography and video, the present lot is a mesmerising example from one of the artist’s most iconic Target Paintings series, which the artist has produced since the mid-nineties. Executed on a circular canvas, this work displays hazy rings of lime greens, whites, blues, and blacks that pulse in and out of the centre of the composition, creating a visual illusion that makes maintaining visual focus deliberately difficult. Favouring spray paint as a medium, Rondinone imposes an experiential intensity that arises from the hypnotic and abstract atmosphere in Mrz 2007, enthralling the viewer at first sight.

    While reminiscent of the target paintings of Jasper Johns from the 1950s, Rondinone’s work contains a subtle irony directed at modernism. Although the target is closely linked with the act of looking and aiming, the circles of his version are blurred, annihilating the essence of the target.

  • Catalogue Essay

    以大型混合媒材作品著稱的瑞士籍藝術家烏戈·羅迪納,於八十年代在國際藝術界開始嶄露頭角。羅迪納在維也納應用藝術大學完成學業後遷居紐約,並自此於當地居住創作。羅迪納曾多次在世界各地舉辦個展,包括巴黎的龐畢度藝術中心和西班牙的卡斯蒂利亞-萊昂當代藝術美術館,更在2007年,代表瑞士參加第52屆威尼斯雙年展。

    羅迪納的作品廣泛多元,涵蓋繪畫、雕塑、攝影和錄像,並在九十年代中期,發展出其最具代表性的「標靶畫」系列,呈現於此的迷人拍品便是其中典範。圓形畫布上,一圈圈萊姆綠、純白、湛藍和漆黑從圓心向外脈動、擴張,朦朧的圓圈和交替的顏色錯亂視覺,使觀者的眼睛難以對焦。羅迪納用他偏愛的噴漆創作《Mrz 2007》,此媒材賦予觀者強烈的視覺經驗,讓人一眼就被畫面中目眩神迷的抽象氛圍給迷住。

    羅迪納的標靶系列雖叫人憶起賈斯柏·瓊斯於五十年代創作的類似系列作品,從中卻可見他針對當代主義的提出的微妙諷刺。標靶意味著向瞄準目標,然而羅迪納藉由模糊的圓圈,消除了標靶固有的清晰準確的象徵。

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Property of an Important Asian Collector

März 2007

2007
signed 'ugo rondinone' on a label affixed to the stretcher on the reverse
acrylic on linen and plexiglas plaque
diameter 220 cm. (86 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2007.

Estimate
HK$1,000,000 - 1,500,000 
€108,000-161,000
$128,000-192,000

sold for HK$2,125,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2018