Ugo Rondinone, ‘small blue red yellow mountain’, 2014, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $20,000

Anything but predictable, Ugo Rondinone creates work characterized by its eclectic engagement with the human condition. Stacking three block-colored stone boulders on a plinth, Rondinone crafts what might be viewed as a monument to play.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist

About Ugo Rondinone

Ranging from installations to psychedelic paintings to large-scale drawings, Ugo Rondinone’s eclectic work balances on the razor’s edge between euphoria and depression. His signature incandescent colors and Pop references, as in his rainbow-hued and neon-lit sign pieces, turn cultural clichés (“Hell, Yes!”) into material for a contemporary Arte Povera, recycling old catchphrases, repurposed cement, or cast-off clothes. Similarly, his sculptures often transform everyday objects by casting them in bronze, giving them an artificial permanence that both underscores and denies their perishability. Rondinone represented Switzerland in the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Swiss, b. 1964, Brunnen, Switzerland, based in New York, New York