Ugo Rondinone, ‘the adored’, 2013, Sotheby's

Neither Appearance Nor Illusion: Property from the Collection of Santiago Barberi Gonzalez

Figure: 34 1/2 by 14 1/2 by 7 in. 87.6 by 36.8 by 18 cm.
Overall: 72 7/8 by 18 1/8 by 18 1/8 in. 185 by 46 by 46 cm.

Executed in 2013, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Almine Rech Gallery.

From the Catalogue
"The stone figure is the archetypal representation of the human form, and I show it in the most elemental and archaic way using the most ancient material—stone—and name the figures after our fundamental state of being: feelings." Ugo Rondinone
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: incised with the artist's initials and date 2013 on the underside of the figure's right leg

Almine Rech Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the previous owner in 2014

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