Still Swooning: Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi
Rudolf Stingel (b. 1956)
signed and dated 'Stingel 93' (on the reverse)
oil and enamel on canvas
99 x 66 1/4 in. (251.5 x 168.3 cm.)
Painted in 1993.
Signature: signed and dated 'Stingel 93' (on the reverse)
New York, Paula Cooper Gallery, Summer Group Exhibition, June 1994.
Seoul, Kukje Art Inc., Rudolf Stingel, March-April 1996.
Trento, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Palazzo delle Albere, Rudolf Stingel, March-July 2001, p. 49, no. 3 (illustrated in color).
F. Bonami, "Autobiography of a Painting," Parkett 77, September 2006, p. 137 (illustrated in color).
Rudolf Stingel, exh. cat., Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007, pp. 48-49 (illustrated in color).
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Private collection, Belgium
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Since the 1980s, Rudolf Stingel has been interrogating his chosen medium, asking what is a painting, who makes them, and how are they made, in his own paintings, installations, and conceptual projects. Turning notions of authenticity, hierarchy, meaning, and context on their head, Stingel courts audience participation and uses unlikely materials in his work. He is known for covering exhibition spaces with carpeting (most recently the Palazzo Grassi in Venice), and with panels overlaid with malleable silver sheets, and inviting viewers to mark them as they please, likening the result to allover paintings, freed from the confines of the canvas, expected materials, and the hand of the artist himself. Stingel also produces more traditional-seeming oil-on-canvas compositions. Ranging from blurred to photorealistic, they position painting as an unreliable repository of memory, inevitably mediated by time and by the artist’s subjectivity.
Italian, b. 1956, Merano, Italy, based in New York, New York; Merano, Italy