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Artists have always been accused of being decorators, so I just went to the extreme and painted the wallpaper.

——Rudolf Stingel 

Rudolf Stingel is a contemporary Italian conceptual artist.His work engages the audience in dialogue about their perception of art and uses Conceptual paintings and installations to explore the process of creation. Stingel employs a wide range of materials such as rubber, carpet, painted aluminum, styrofoam and paint. The surfaces of his two-dimensional works are characteristically carved out, imprinted or indented, visibly evidencing the artist’s alteration of industrial matter. Through the use of unconventional materials, he disrupts the viewer’s understanding of the traditional art object. His work often reflects upon fundamental questions concerning authenticity, hierarchy, meaning and context. 

Stingel became first recognised in the late 1980s for his monochromatic works, silvery paintings with undertones of red, yellow or blue from 1987 to 1994. Stingel’s later abstract paintings from the 1990s consist of oils in pure, brilliant colors exuberantly splayed, dripped, pressed, and pulled across a black field. In the early 1990s, Stingel created a series of radiator sculptures made of translucent cast resin in which orange acrylic paint was poured during the casting process. Installed like ordinary radiators, the works nevertheless disallow their identification to a purely utilitarian object through their marbled ember-like glow. Also in the early 1990s, Stingel started his inquiry into the relationship between painting and space by developing a series of installations that covered the walls and floors of exhibition spaces with monochrome or black and white carpets, transforming the architecture into a painting.Stingel also creates more traditional oil-on-canvas compositions ranging from blurred to photorealistic paintings. 

Stingel has participated in the 1999, 2003 and 2013 Venice Biennales, and was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2007. Stingel currently lives and works in New York, NY.


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