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

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  • Provenance

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘...artists have always been accused of being decorators, so I just went to the extreme and painted the wallpaper.' (Rudolf Stingel taken from Frieze Magazine, October, 2004)
    Redefining the meaning and significance within artistic practice ranging from painting to sculpture and installation art, Stingel's work always pushes the boundaries into new mediums which very often reveal the organic process which his practice so often wishes to captivate and present. In Untitled from 2007 the artist presents us with a lavishly influenced rococo painting done in gold oil paint creating a visual effect questioning the perfection of the Damask pattern and the distinctive expectation of the medium. Texture, composition and design, all loosely yet meticulously rendered onto the canvas make this lot a signature piece for Stingel's contemporary artworks.

  • 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 linen.
210.5 x 170 cm. (82 7/8 x 66 7/8 in).
Signed and dated ‘Stingel 2007' on the reverse.

£300,000 - 400,000 

Sold for £361,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm