• Post-War & Contemporary Art Ev auction at Christies

    Sale 7758

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction

    16 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 4

    Rudolf Stingel (b. 1956)


    Price Realised  


    Rudolf Stingel (b. 1956)
    signed and dated 'Stingel 2004' (on the reverse)
    oil and enamel on canvas
    94½ x 78¾in. (240 x 200cm.)
    Executed in 2004

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    Rudolf Stingel puts pressure on the modernist resistance to decoration, presenting the stylized floral design of a Baroque-inspired wallpaper as a freestanding abstract painting. This particular decorative vocabulary relates to Stingel's roots, as he grew up in the Italian Tyrol and Vienna, and was exposed at an early age to their histories of Baroque and Rococo art. Taking this decorative impulse as a starting point, he creates a large-scale abstraction that engages a Minimalist-like commitment to seriality. Created by painting onto the canvas through a layer of patterned tulle in a quasi-mechanical way, the composition stresses tireless repetition but also reveals subtle individuation in the uneven application of the paint. While the familiar pattern might at first appear to be a merely banal fragment of a wall covering, upon closer inspection the painting reveals itself to be spatially ambiguous, as the variations of silver paint tones push and pull against each other to create a scintillating effect. In this way, Stingel's work alludes to the complex spatial interplay of Baroque art, but with a distinctly contemporary twist.

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    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
    Private Collection, Israel.


    New York, Paula Cooper Gallery, Rudolf Stingel, February-March 2005.