Ugo Rondinone - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 17, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Whitechapel Gallery, Ugo Rondinone: zero built a nest in my navel, Zurich, 2006, p. 189 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the present lot, Ugo Rondinone coaxes the viewer into a meditative state with the strictly lined, densely coloured, rich blocks of colour painted in a horizontal fashion across the canvas. Formal in composition and execution, it is reminiscent of Frank Stella’s famous “Black Paintings” where he painted regular bands of single-colour, each band separated by very thin pinstripes of unpainted canvas. Both artists emphasize the flatness of the surface, and staying true to the essence of colour and the path of brushstrokes. Here, Rondinone expertly combines and matches different hues and colours on a single painting, and executes the work on modern industrial materials such as glass and plastic. Taking a post-modernist approach, Rondinone revisits Stella’s ‘stripe’ paintings and invigorates this theme to produce refreshing colourful works of art.

    “But the associations with each piece are something I carry myself. 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." (Quote from Ugo Rondinone)



Acrylic and glitter on glass reinforced plastic.
150 x 300 x 4.7 cm. (59 x 118 1/8 x 2 1/4 in).
Titled and dated 'Neunundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundnull 2000' on a Plexiglas plaque. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples.

£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £85,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

18 Oct 2008, 7pm