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Rudolf Stingel
UNTITLED
Estimation
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Lot. Vendu 677,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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14
Rudolf Stingel
UNTITLED
Estimation
500 000700 000
Lot. Vendu 677,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Contemporary Art / Doha

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Doha

Rudolf Stingel
B. 1956
UNTITLED
signed and dated 2004 on the reverse
oil and enamel on canvas
240 by 193cm.; 94 1/2 by 76in.
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Provenance

Sadie Coles, London
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Description

Untitled is a dazzling example of Rudolf Stingel’s most iconic series: a brilliantly shimmering surface that seems to allude to astral planes in its repeating star motif. The purity of the gold gleams with glorious intensity, imbuing its surroundings with a sense of warmth and radiance. The overall effect is one of opulence and luxury: a work that denotes abundance and riches in equal measure. Created through a mixture of oil and enamel on canvas, the glimmering effect is instantly recognisable as being the work of Stingel’s masterful hand, and is undoubtedly one of the most scintillating patterns to have ever been created by the artist.

Untitled, alongside similar works by Stingel, arguably transcends the concept of traditional painting: neither abstract nor strictly objective, the image is devoted to pure pattern as an art form in itself. Michelle Grabner reinforces this idea, declaring that: ”Stingel has made a career dancing around the idea of painting. He skirts its authority by looking at its components, its physical identity, its visual language and its history. Representation, abstraction, process, pattern, performance, subjectivity and the audience are all his subjects.” (Michelle Grabner, "Rudolf Stingel, Museum of Contemporary Art," in: Frieze Magazine, 14/04/07, n.p.). Whilst the motif invites associations with the repeated shapes found within wallpaper, the unfamiliar context into which the pattern has been placed enigmatically calls into question the very nature of our perception and awareness. There is an inherent sense of wit and irony underlying Stingel’s entire oeuvre: in 1989 the artist published a treatise in which he outlined the methods used to create his distinctive works, theoretically enabling the population at large to make their own ‘version’ of his masterpieces. Yet, despite this de-mystification of the creative process, Stingel’s works arouse a unique sensation of wonder and awe within the viewer due to their sheer splendour and exquisite decorative beauty; qualities which are magnificently epitomised within Untitled.

Contemporary Art / Doha

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Doha