Ugo Rondinone - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist; Private collection, Germany

  • Exhibited

    Kunsthaus Glarus, September 10 – November 21, 1999; and Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Guided by Voices, December 12, 1999 – January 30, 2000

  • Literature

    J. Verwoert, “Ugo Rondinone- Pictures came and broke my heart…”, Parkett, No. 52, Switzerland, 1998, p. 122 (illustrated); B. Ruf, ed., Guided by Voices, Ostfildern-Ruit, 1999, pp. 72-73 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “In an age of data highways with no speed limits, of information overkill and of the progressive consumer fetishisation of our environment, Laura Hoptman’s ‘contemporary grail-like search for an authentic experience’ appears almost like an altruistic yearning for an immediacy which has been lost in the heat of combat. To many observers of the contemporary scene, the rise of techno culture since the early nineties, though now degenerated to a mainstream phenomenon, appears to be based on a nostalgic reaction to our current directionlessness, while at the same time feeding upon its own nostalgia. The comparison may sound unusual, but it appears to me that it is possible to make, if not an immediate, at least an indirect comparison here, in order to differentiate the longing for authenticity, as it appears in the works of Rondinone, from a contemporary, affirmative hedonism that still enjoys such a high reputation among young people, even in this post-techno era. In the latter, authenticity manifests itself through the tones of loud bass music, through ecstatic, trance-like dancing, and not least through the supportive effects of synthetic drugs.” (J. Winkelmann, Ugo Rondinone. Guided by Voices, Leipzig, 1999).



India ink on paper.
78 3/4 x 118 1/8 in. (200 x 300 cm)

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $216,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York