Rudolf Stingel - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich
    Christie's, New York, 'Post War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Session', 14 November 2007, lot 311
    Private Collection, France

  • 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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oil and enamel on card
50.8 × 40.6 cm (20 × 16 in)
Signed and dated ‘Stingel 93’ and inscribed with inventory number ‘RS-16 PPR’ on the reverse.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £23,750

Contemporary Art Day Sale

15 February 2013