Ugo Rondinone - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Esther Schipper, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Esther Schipper, Winterausstellung, 10 January – 9 February, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Described as a visionary trapped by reality, Ugo Rondinone takes us on a journey through the doors of perception.Working across different media and styles, he references literature, music and theatre as well as the visual arts, creating sensory and theatrical installations in which transcendent inner worlds and earthbound life collide." (Whitechapel Gallery press release: ‘Ugo Rondinone - zerobuilt a nest in my navel', 2006)
    A snow like still perfectly exemplifies Rondinone's ability to explore notions of emotional and psychic profundity found in the most banal elements of everyday life. In A snow like still we are presented with a window of black perspex. Generally this blacking out would be read as the removal of the windows function to provide a view, however, in the present lot the contrary is true.The perspex rebounds the viewer's gaze inward and forces one to consider the work in relation to themselves and the context of the gallery. A snow like still sits quietly, absorbing its surrounding through its high-gloss window panes. The work's elegant and classical posture is as striking as it is haunting.


A snowlike still

Mirrored perspex and painted wood.
190 x 110 x 3.5 cm. (74 3/4 x 43 1/2 x 1 1/2 in).
Signed ‘Ugo Rondinone' on a label adhered to the reverse. This work is unique.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £39,650

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm