Rudolf Stingel - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    George Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna

  • Exhibited

    "Optical intensity without sentimentality might be Mr. Stingel's motto. He seems to define paintings foremost as flat surfaces that radiate visual power in unfamiliar terms. His art connects to European monochromists like Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni and also to skeptical painters like Albert Oehlen and Christopher Wool, but it may be best understood as an Americanized, Warholian version of Arte Povera; Mr. Stingel often favors cheap materials (Styrofoam, for example), but instead of being distressed they are always brand new, industrial and somehow implicitly American."(R. Smith, ‘DIY Art: Walk on It, Write on It, Stroke It' in Art Review New York Times, 29 June, 2007)
    The unfamiliarity caused by Rudolf Stingel's combination of industrial materials and organic processes allows different readings of his works all of which are precarious. However, the powers behind the present lot lies in this ‘always brand new'and open style that continuously involves the context of space and usage along with viewer interpretation. The present lot typifies Stingel's style and involvement of all things surrounding his artwork beginning with the production of industrial materials and ending with the possibilities unique to each viewer's eye.

  • 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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Celotex insulation board, wood and aluminium in two parts.
Each: 120 x 236 cm. (47 1/5 x 97 7/8 in.). Overall: 240 x 236 cm. (94 ½ x 92 7/8 in).

Signed and dated ‘Stingel 2002' on the reverse of each panel.

£300,000 - 500,000 ≠ ♠ †

Sold for £385,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm