Rudolf Stingel - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Largely abstract and monochromatic in style, Rudolf Stingel’s paintings are visually capturing. Continuing his exploration of the canvas and wall coverings, Stingel grabs his viewers’ attention, gaining recognition on an international level. His work explores the essence of making, gesture, and expression through questioning authenticity and authorship. Through reconsidering the appreciation of aesthetics as a relational experience, Stingel challenges ideas of cultural hierarchy, modes of production, and the mythology of the artist.

  • 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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Untitled (Silver Mesh)

Oil and enamel on canvas.
250.1 x 180.3 cm. (98 1/2 x 71 in).
Signed ‘Stingel’ on the reverse.

£500,000 - 600,000 

Sold for £446,100

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm