Ugo Rondinone, ‘Small Red Black Mountain’, 2014, Heritage Auctions
Ugo Rondinone, ‘Small Red Black Mountain’, 2014, Heritage Auctions
Ugo Rondinone, ‘Small Red Black Mountain’, 2014, Heritage Auctions
Ugo Rondinone, ‘Small Red Black Mountain’, 2014, Heritage Auctions

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Exploring the dialogue between geological formations and abstract compositions, this work consists of two rocks stacked vertically and painted with Day-Glo colors. This work, from a series called Mountain, was inspired by the naturally occurring Hoodoos (pyramids of rock) in Utah where granite is layered with limestone. The sculpture’s physicality is juxtaposed with the painterly abstract and thus caught between literalism and its metaphorical potential.

This sculpture was an early study for Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, which is a large-scale, two-year public exhibition in the desert outside of Las Vegas.

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Signature: Initialed, dated and titled in paint on the underside

The artist; Private collection, gift of the above.

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