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  • Provenance

    Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich; James Cohan Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ordinarily, artists put one series away as they begin another, but Rondinone is always assembling new environments from old components as well as new ones. If little more than the mood seems tangible to the viewer, one imagines that the key to the works is in the accumulation of associations that his materials and motifs have amassed over the years. Rondinone accepts that they have these associations. “But the associations with each piece are something I carry myself,” he says.” “It’s a monologue. It’s not something that has to be translated for the viewer as well. It gives me a guideline. The viewer has the symbols from which they can create their own story, but it’s not required that you decode my motivation. It’s a bit like Duchamp. He had his own monologue. He left it always open, so people just made up a bunch of speculations about his work.”
    M. Falconer, “Masquerade: Ugo Rondinone Uncovered,” Modern Painters, March, 2006.



Acrylic on canvas.
Diameter: 87 in. (221 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Rondinone Ugo 1999 Vierzehnterjunineunzehnhundertneunundneunzig” on the stretcher.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

13 Nov 2008, 7pm
New York