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  • Provenance

    Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Underlying all Rondinone’s work is a tension between interior essence and exterior appearance, enacted in the first instance through a disparity between form and content. Hypnotic target paintings, rendered in hazy concentric circles of vivid colour, induce feelings of meditative or transcendental reflection. Yet the surface of his target paintings is flat and blurred, a depthless plane that contradicts the absorptive qualities they promise. This disparity is amplified by the many references the work evokes. Played out at both visual and linguistic levels, they constantly refer to something other than the works themselves. They evoke but do not reconcile personal and cultural expression, individual artistic practice and a wider aesthetic discourse. Turn to the titles, furthermore, and they are named with the day and date of their production. Any promise of spiritual fulfillment is undercut by the banality of a daily act, transformed into a testament of presence and of ritualized activity.”
    (Andrea Tarsia, Ugo Rondinone: Zero built a nest in my navel, London, 2005, p. 273)




Diptych: acrylic on canvas.

Each: 220 cm (86 5/8 in) diameter.
Signed ‘Ugo Rondinone’ on a label adhered to the reverse; titled and dated ‘Dritteraprilzweitausendundsieben 2007’ on the accompanying Plexiglas plaque.

£150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for £277,250

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010