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  • Provenance

    Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan
    Sale: Christies, London, Post-War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Session, February 9, 2007, lot 434
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    M. De Carlo, ed., Rudolf Stingel: Instructions/ Instruzioni/ Anleitung/ Mode d’emploi/ Instrucciones, 1989 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Rudolf Stingel

    Italian • 1956

    Rudolf Stingel came to prominence in the late 1980s for his insistence on the conceptual act of painting in a context in which it had been famously declared dead. 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. While his works do not always conform to the traditional definitions of painting, their attention to surface, space, color and image provide new and expanded ways of thinking about the process and "idea" of painting. Central to his multifarious and prolific oeuvre is an examination of the passage of time and the probing of the fundamental questions of authenticity, meaning, hierarchy, authorship and context by dislocating painting both internally and in time and space. Stingel is best known for his wall-to-wall installations, constructed of fabric or malleable Celotex sheets, as well as his seemingly more traditional oil-on-canvas paintings.

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Instructions

1989
diptych, silkscreen inks on Sintra, face-mounted on Plexiglas
each: 42 1/2 x 61 1/4 in. (108 x 155.5 cm)
Stamped with the artist's signature "Rudolf Stingel" lower right. This work is number one from an edition of five.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York