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Rudolf Stingel by Francesco Bonami

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Publisher : Yale University Press
Binding : Hardcover
Pages : 246
Publication Date : 2007
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Celebrated for his explorations of the process of painting and the “idea” of painting, Rudolf Stingel (b. 1957) combines minimalist, conceptual, and performative practices to create unexpected spaces. This highly anticipated book, the premier critical survey of Stingel’s career to date, accompanies the Italian-born artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Employing a palette of a wide range of materials, Stingel reflects upon fundamental questions facing painting today: authenticity, meaning, hierarchy, and context. By transforming the materiality, process, and perception of paintings, Stingel’s work alters the viewer’s perception of and physical encounter with the artwork and invites the viewer to participate in or collaborate in a new and deeper understanding and appreciation of art. For example, by carpeting Grand Central Station ( Plan B, 2004), he transformed the station hall itself into a work of art that viewers had to occupy to experience and that fashioned its own audience from travelers forced to traverse it. His full range of work, including his recent portraits and self-portraits, is represented in this handsome volume. With important contributions by Whitney curator Chrissie Iles and Reiner Zettl, Rudolf Stingel: Painting 1987–2007 is the first book to examine the broader implications of the artist’s creative practice in contemporary society. From Publishers Weekly Designed to coincide with a career retrospective first shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, this book collects the work that has certified painter and conceptual artist Rudolf Stingel as a groundbreaker, someone as concerned with exploring the process of painting as he is the act itself. Employing materials such as Styrofoam, carpet or rubber, in addition to oil and enamel, his works are often iconoclastic image; the book sparse text allows the images to speak largely for themselves, and what they say can be difficult to decipher. Three essays in the front shed some light: Whitney curator Chrissie Iles discusses Stingel's influences, motivations and materials, "what Yve-Alain Bois describes as internalizing...the very technology threatening painting." Editor Bonami contributes an essay that illumines the context of Stingel's work, but gets lofty and vague at times, as in Stingel's "understanding that painting carries energy and consumes it, and abstraction happens when the power goes off momentarily." Reiner Zettl explores the texture and meaning of installation pieces, like Stingel carpeting the lobby of Grand Central Station in 2004. Beautifully produced, the images that make up the better part of the volume are lavishly spaced, a succesful effort at replicating the museum experience. 102 color illustrations. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.