Rudolf Stingel - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    There is a kind of abstraction that if it were human might be considered anti-social. It seeks autonomy and shuns "connection" or transcendence. A painter's version of "specificity," it is cold without being coy, distant without being unapproachable, difficult without being problematic. In a way it builds on some of the precepts of '80s appropriation and "simulation," but it's not so theory laden. It feels unbound, slightly outlaw. ...There's a tremendous coolness to the work that makes you think of Richter's abstract paintings.
    J. Salz on Rudolph Stingel, "A year in the Life: Tropic of Painting - Painting, Various Artists, Various Galleries," Art in America, October, 1994

  • 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 canvas.
68 1/8 x 53 in. (173 x 134.6 cm).
Signed and dated “Stingel 93” on the reverse.

£70,000 - 90,000 ‡♠

Sold for £333,600

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm