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Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 1986 Oil on canvas, 71 × 86 ¾ inches (180.3 × 220.3 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 1986

Oil on canvas, 71 × 86 ¾ inches (180.3 × 220.3 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (Instructions), 1990 Photograph, 59 ⅛ × 78 ¾ inches (150 × 200 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (Instructions), 1990

Photograph, 59 ⅛ × 78 ¾ inches (150 × 200 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 1994 Pigmented cast polyurethane rubber compound, 13 ⅜ × 10 ¼ × 1 ⅝ inches (34 × 26 × 4 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 1994

Pigmented cast polyurethane rubber compound, 13 ⅜ × 10 ¼ × 1 ⅝ inches (34 × 26 × 4 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 1999 Styrofoam, 94 ¼ × 96 ⅛ inches (239.4 × 244 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 1999

Styrofoam, 94 ¼ × 96 ⅛ inches (239.4 × 244 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2000 Styrofoam, 96 × 192 × 4 inches (243.8 × 487.7 × 10.2 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2000

Styrofoam, 96 × 192 × 4 inches (243.8 × 487.7 × 10.2 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2002 Celotex insulation board, wood, and aluminum, 95 × 92 ¾ inches (241.3 × 235.6 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2002

Celotex insulation board, wood, and aluminum, 95 × 92 ¾ inches (241.3 × 235.6 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Installation view, Rudolf Stingel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, January 27–May 27, 2007 © Rudolf Stingel

Installation view, Rudolf Stingel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, January 27–May 27, 2007

© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2008 Oil and enamel on linen, 83 × 67 inches (210.8 × 170.2 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2008

Oil and enamel on linen, 83 × 67 inches (210.8 × 170.2 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2010 Oil and enamel on canvas, 130 × 185 inches (330 × 470 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2010

Oil and enamel on canvas, 130 × 185 inches (330 × 470 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2010 Oil on canvas, 131 × 102 inches (333 × 259 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2010

Oil on canvas, 131 × 102 inches (333 × 259 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2010 Oil on canvas, 132 × 180 ¾ inches (335.3 × 459.1 cm), Broad, Los Angeles© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2010

Oil on canvas, 132 × 180 ¾ inches (335.3 × 459.1 cm), Broad, Los Angeles
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2012 Oil and enamel on canvas, 95 × 76 inches (241.3 × 193 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2012

Oil and enamel on canvas, 95 × 76 inches (241.3 × 193 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2015 Oil and enamel on canvas, 95 × 76 inches (241.3 × 193 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2015

Oil and enamel on canvas, 95 × 76 inches (241.3 × 193 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2016 Electroformed copper, plated nickel, and stainless steel, 47 ¼ × 47 ¼ inches (120 × 120 cm)© Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2016

Electroformed copper, plated nickel, and stainless steel, 47 ¼ × 47 ¼ inches (120 × 120 cm)
© Rudolf Stingel

About

I wouldn’t know where to say intervention stops and destruction begins. 
—Rudolf Stingel

From his captivatingly realistic oil paintings to his innovative use of Celotex, Styrofoam, carpet, and aluminum, Rudolf Stingel challenges traditional notions of what constitutes a painting. Often dealing with subjects of time, memory, and perception, he embraces industrial materials and ornamental design as vehicles for formal exploration and provoked coincidence, whereby the final state of certain installations is determined by the participation of the viewer.

Born in Merano, Italy, Stingel grew up in the Tyrolean Alps, a mountainous region where Austria, Italy, and Switzerland meet. In 1989, he completed Instructions, a limited-edition manual explaining (in several languages) how to make one of his silver paintings, abstract canvases with undertones of red, yellow, or blue. In his screenprints of these years, Stingel created impressions using folded and creased tulle, then sprayed over the compositions with silver spray paint.

In 1991, Stingel installed a bright orange carpet in Daniel Newberg Gallery, activating the space in an unprecedented way. Confronted with empty white walls, visitors instead could consider the pictorial qualities of the architectural interior.  Two years later, at the Biennale di Venezia, Stingel installed a red-orange carpet on the wall, further commenting on the power of display. And in 2004, his site-specific installation Plan B incorporated Stingel’s career-long interest in patterns and repetition, covering the floors of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in industrially printed pink and blue floral carpet.

The tensions between wall and floor, tactility and illusion run throughout Stingel’s oeuvre. In 1994, he created a series of monochromatic works cast in polyurethane, rubber compound, aluminum, or bronze. Boldly colored, the works are cast from sections of shag carpets, yet they hang on the wall like minimalist paintings. These were followed by the Styrofoam works of the late nineties and early 2000s. Panels of pink, white, blue, or green Styrofoam (often featuring their industrial logos) become platforms for Stingel’s patterns and gestures: from more mechanical grids of circles and ellipses to meandering lines and footprints.

In 2001, for his solo exhibition at the Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Trento, Italy, Stingel lined every available surface of one of the rooms of the museum with metallic Celotex insulation board and visitors drew, wrote, and made imprints on the surface of the reflective silver paneling. Eschewing the preciousness of the artist’s unique mark in favor of the collective gestures of thousands of viewers, Stingel repeated this participatory installation at the 50th Biennale di Venezia (2003); Palazzo Grassi, Venice, (2006); and at his retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007), which traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, later that year.

Since 2005 Stingel has been painting photorealistic portraits of himself and others, as well as captivating views of mountains and sunsets. His first series of photorealistic self-portraits, Untitled (After Sam) (2005–06), was painted after black-and-white photographs of Stingel taken by American photographer Sam Samore. These were followed by paintings based on photographs of Stingel as a young man, both in black-and-white and in color, each painting capturing details such as the scratches and creases of the original printed photographs. These works enter into dialogue with Stingel’s metallic paintings based on carpet patterns, Damask wallpaper, chain link fences, and more.

Stingel’s site-specific exhibitions have become increasingly immersive, as he transforms galleries and museums into total works of art. His exhibition Live at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2010) included a wall-to-wall black-and-white carpet printed with an image of an Agra rug, a huge crystal chandelier, and hyperrealistic paintings of the Alps; and at Palazzo Grassi in 2013, he covered the floors and walls with a carpet printed with the pattern of an older Oriental rug, and hung both abstract and photorealistic paintings over it, creating a subdued, all-encompassing environment for his work.

In 2015 Stingel embarked on a series of eight consecutive installations at Gagosian’s Park & 75 gallery in New York, conceived as a single monumental exhibition. In Part I (2015) Stingel presented large oil paintings with multicolored impressions of a Chintamani carpet and a small portrait on paper of a youthful Franz West; Part II (2016) included gold paintings with a chain-link pattern, a small grisaille portrait of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and white wall-to-wall carpeting; in Part III (2016) featured large photorealist canvases layered with colorful carpet patterns; Part IV (2016) was a single silver monochrome triptych derived from images of Plan B at Grand Central; Part V (2016) paired a small photorealist portrait with ornate gold paintings; Part VI (2016) consisted of gleaming silver panels cast from sections of inscribed Celotex from previous installations; and both Part VII (2016) and Part VIII (2016–17) presented paintings based on a mural by Ludwig Bemelmans in New York’s Carlyle Hotel.

In 2017, for a private presentation at Casa Malaparte in Capri, Stingel showed multicolored, metallic canvases reminiscent of his early silver paintings—as if the earlier canvases were reflecting some of the spectral color of his more recent sunset works. Stingel’s series continue to build upon and depart from one another, expanding definitions of art and authorship along the way.

Rudolf Stingel

Artwork © Rudolf Stingel

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Rudolf Stingel, Kirchner Amselfluh 1922, 2020 © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: courtesy the artist

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Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 11am–6pm EDT
New York
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Join Artnews and the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District on a springtime walk to visit thirty-five galleries that line Madison Avenue from East 57th to East 86th Streets. Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, has a new painting by Rudolf Stingel on view. Gagosian Shop has Family Tweets, a new book by Richard Prince, on display alongside works from the publication. To attend the free event, register at site.booxi.com.

Rudolf Stingel, Kirchner Amselfluh 1922, 2020 © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: courtesy the artist

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (London: Gagosian, 2020)

Book Launch

Visions of the Self
Rembrandt and Now

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm
Kenwood House, London
www.english-heritage.org.uk

In the interest of public health, this event has been postponed until further notice.

Gagosian is pleased to host a drinks reception to celebrate the release of Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, published on the occasion of the recent eponymous exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London. Organized in partnership with English Heritage, the exhibition places Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles (c. 1665) in dialogue with self-portraits by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso, as well as leading contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Giuseppe Penone, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel, among others. The catalogue includes an introduction by Wendy Monkhouse, senior curator at English Heritage, and a text by art historian David Freedberg. To attend the free event, RSVP to londonevents@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now (London: Gagosian, 2020)

Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Wesselmann Still Life, 2004 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

Art Fair

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

December 5–8, 2019, booth D7
Miami Beach Convention Center
www.artbasel.com

Gagosian is pleased to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2019 with modern and contemporary artworks by Richard Avedon, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, John Chamberlain, John Currin, Edmund de Waal, Rachel Feinstein, Urs Fischer, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellen Gallagher, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Simon Hantaï, Damien Hirst, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Peter MarinoAdam McEwenJoan MitchellTakashi MurakamiAlbert OehlenSteven ParrinoPablo Picasso, Rudolf Polanszky, Richard PrinceSterling RubyEd RuschaRichard SerraRudolf StingelCy TwomblyAndy WarholMary WeatherfordTom WesselmannJonas WoodChristopher Wool, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others.

To receive a PDF with detailed information on the works, please contact the gallery at inquire@gagosian.com. To attend the fair, purchase tickets at www.artbasel.com.

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Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Wesselmann Still Life, 2004 © The Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by ARS/VAGA, New York

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Museum Exhibitions

Installation view, The Human Body, Hill Art Foundation, New York, April 29–June 26, 2021. Artwork, left to right: © Jenny Saville, © Richard Prince, © Ron Mueck, Anthony van Dyck, Peter Paul Rubens. Photo: Matthew Herrmann

On View

The Human Body

Through June 26, 2021
Hill Art Foundation, New York
hillartfoundation.org

This exhibition, curated from the Hill Collection by Karel Schampers, examines the human body through figurative work from the last five hundred years. The installation spans two floors and visitors are encouraged to view the works from different levels and vantage points, creating a dialogue across diverse periods and mediums. The foundation’s collection of Renaissance bronzes  is featured alongside works by artists such as Francis Bacon, Richard Prince, Jenny Saville, Rudolf Stingel, and Andy Warhol.

Installation view, The Human Body, Hill Art Foundation, New York, April 29–June 26, 2021. Artwork, left to right: © Jenny Saville, © Richard Prince, © Ron Mueck, Anthony van Dyck, Peter Paul Rubens. Photo: Matthew Herrmann

Tatiana Trouvé, The Guardian, 2018, Pinault Collection © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

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Luogo e segni

March 24–December 15, 2019
Punta della Dogana, Venice
www.palazzograssi.it

Luogo e segni, which translates to Place and Signs, takes its title from a painting by Carol Rama that is included in the exhibition. The show brings together more than one hundred works by thirty artists that establish a particular relationship with their respective urban, social, political, historical, and intellectual settings. Work by Rudolf Stingel and Tatiana Trouvé is included.

Tatiana Trouvé, The Guardian, 2018, Pinault Collection © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Installation view, Rudolf Stingel, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, May 26–October 6, 2019 © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

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Rudolf Stingel

May 26–October 6, 2019
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
www.fondationbeyeler.ch

Since the late 1980s, Rudolf Stingel has approached painting in a conceptual and self-reflective way, exploring its possibilities and media-specific boundaries in the interplay of artistic approaches, materials, and forms. The accidental traces of time emerge in his works, as do conscious references to his own production process. This is the first museum exhibition in Europe to present Stingel’s important series of works from all periods of his career. New works were created for the exhibition.

Installation view, Rudolf Stingel, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, May 26–October 6, 2019 © Rudolf Stingel. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (Alpino, 1976), 2006, Pinault Collection © Rudolf Stingel. Photo by Stefan Altenburger

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Dancing with Myself

April 8–December 16, 2018
Punta della Dogana, Venice
www.palazzograssi.it

Dancing with Myself explores the importance of the artist’s role as an actor in and subject of his own creations, from the 1970s to today. The exhibition brings together a great range of artistic practices, languages, cultures, geographic origins, generations, and experiences, establishing a tension between different artistic approaches. Work by Urs Fischer, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel is included.

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (Alpino, 1976), 2006, Pinault Collection © Rudolf Stingel. Photo by Stefan Altenburger

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