Ugo Rondinone - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples

  • Exhibited

    Lyon, La Sucrière, 7th Lyon Biennale, September 18, 2003 – January 4, 2004 (another example exhibited); Dijon, Le Consortium, Ugo Rondinone: Long Nights Short Years, 2004; New York, Matthew Marks Gallery, Ugo Rondinone: Long Gone Sole, September 18 – October, 30, 2004 (another example exhibited); Naples, Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Ugo Rondinone: Sail Me on a Silver Sun, 2004; London, Whitechapel Gallery, Ugo Rondinone - zero built a nest in my navel, January 24 - March 26, 2006 (another example exhibited); Modena, Galleria Civica di Modena, Ugo Rondinone - Giorni Felici, September 15, 2006 - January 7, 2007

  • Literature

    A. Tarsia and Whitechapel Gallery, eds., Ugo Rondinone - zero built a nest in my navel, Zurich, 2005, pp. 4-5, 227, 241, 251 (illustrated); Galleria Civica di Modena, Ugo Rondinone-Giorni Felici, Modena, 2006, n.p (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Taking his famous depiction of olive trees off the canvas and transforming them into 3-dimentional sculptures best describe the present lot. Cast from an original olive tree from the Italian province of Macerata, Ugo Rondinone’s Out of reach until it’s magic we are crossing our own stony ocean, is a work rooted in his family’s history, going back to his parents hometown to find the most ‘peaceful’ of all symbols to create this impressive sculptural work.

    "Although Rondinone''s works can exists outside the gallery, he is masterful within its walls. There he makes his mental landscapes palpable, in sequences of rooms that represent the indoor and the outdoor as metaphors for our inner and outer worlds. Rondinone''s landcape paintings always prominently feature trees, which also play a central part in his indoor landscapes. Outdoor rooms may contain polyester casts of old olive trees, sometimes bound in black or brown tape, on other occasions cast in white...Rondinones symbols owe something to the pagan, to an animism inherent in the consciousness of nature, in trees, mountains, the sky, and the sea. His ancient olive trees whisper in oracular voices guiding us or leading us astray."
    (A. Tarsia, ed., Ugo Rondinone: zero built a nest in my navel, London, 2006, p. 275)


Out of reach until it’s magic we are crossing our own stony ocean

Cast resin.
118 1/8 x 94 1/2 x 94 1/2 in. (300 x 240 x 240 cm).

This work is from an edition of three plus one artist’s proof and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £60,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm