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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Germany
    Christie's, South Kensington, 16 September 2010, lot 46
    Private Collection
    Christie's, London, 7 October 2016, lot 251
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘A carpet is a painting, and a painting is a carpet. It is only our position in relation to them that changes. Our relation to life, to a painting or to a carpet, is the same relation we have to the earth we stand on: it moves but we don’t feel it.’ (Francesco Bonami, quoted in Rudolf Stingel, Gagosian, New York, 2010, p. 7)

  • 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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Ο165

Untitled

signed, inscribed and dated 'PER NINA Stingel 2006' on the reverse
oil and enamel on canvas
38.4 x 52.2 cm (15 1/8 x 20 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2006.

Estimate
£120,000 - 180,000 ♠ †

Sold for £125,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 4 October 2018