Ugo Rondinone - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 16, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Vienna, Galerie Krobath Wimmer, the dancer and the dance, 27 June - 31 August, 2002

  • Literature

    A. Tarsia, ed., Ugo Rondinone. zero built a nest in my navel, Zurich, 2005, pp. 169, 170 (illustrated)

  • 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)
    The present lot, a poetically titled red perspex window with a yellow wooden support, perfectly exemplifies Ugo Rondinone's ability to explore notions of emotional and psychic profundity found in the most banal elements of everyday life. The ultimate contemporary Surrealist, Rondinone has created, as is his custom throughout his highly varied, highly subversive oeuvre, a playful, ironic inward looking window. When viewing the work, instead of being able to gaze out at the world, the viewer in confronted with an image of himself reflected in the perspex. Generally, this reversal would be read as the removal of the window's 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. Ugo Rondinone's ‘window’ sits quietly, absorbing its surroundings through its high-gloss window panes. The work's elegant and classical posture is as striking as it is haunting. 


all moments STOP here and together we become every memory that has ever been

Coloured Perspex.
160 x 150 x 4 cm. (63 x 59 x 1 1/2 in).
Signed 'Ugo Rondinone' on a label adhered to the reverse. This work is unique from a series fourteen differently coloured works and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £37,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

17 Oct 2009