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.

—Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Ugo Rondinone, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2015
Ugo Rondinone: feelings, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
2015
UGO RONDINONE, Walls + Windows + Doors, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
2014
Ugo Rondinone: Breathe Walk Die, Rockbund Art Museum

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
[The Queen Falls., Galería OMR, México, D.F
2016
Ugo Rondinone, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2015
Ugo Rondinone: feelings, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
2015
UGO RONDINONE, Walls + Windows + Doors, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
2014
Ugo Rondinone: Breathe Walk Die, Rockbund Art Museum

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Contemporary Magic, The Untitled Space, New York
2017
GLASSTRESS 2017, Fondazione Berengo, Venice
2016
The Infinite Mix: Contemporary Sound and Video, Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London
2016
Summer School, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2015
Ugo Rondinone: I Love John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2015
Contrastes, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal
2012
Science of dreams, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal
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