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  • Provenance

    Galleria Luigi De Ambrogi, Milan
    Private Collection, Milan
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “[Stingel] has developed a singular approach to painting that aims to undermine the very essence of the creative act. His works do not always conform to painting’s traditional definition of paint on canvas, yet in their simultaneous attention to surface, image, color and space, they create new paradigms for the meaning of painting.”
    (Robert Fitzpatrick, “Foreword” in Rudolf Stingel, exh. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2007, p. 9)

  • 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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338

Untitled

oil and enamel on canvas
67 1/2 x 78 1/2 in. (171.3 x 199.5 cm.)
Executed in 1986.

Estimate
$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $137,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017