Rudolf Stingel is active/lives in New York / Italy. Rudolf Stingel is known for conceptual art, mixed media non-objective painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
A contemporary artist who experiments with a variety of mediums and
subject matter with the goal of being "non-decorative, Rudolf Stingel,
born in Merano, Italy, does mixed-media non objective paintings on
canvas and much conceptual art. His work includes photo-realist
portraiture, and completely blank silver insulation panels installed in
a 2002 gallery exhibition so that people could mark them up as they
wished. Another exhibition was just plush carpet with a
perforated foam core screen and an instruction book for making abstract
paintings. His New York City debut was in 1991 and was solely a
vivid orange rug in a large gallery space.
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Among his themes are making fun of various art movements such as saying
'look how easy it is to do photorealism' or 'look how spare and
uninteresting this gallery space is'. With the blank installation
panels open to people's markings, Stingel was making fun of the purity
and austerity of Minimalism. Another idea he facetiously promotes
is that 'anybody can be an artist', and in 1989, he published a small
book for making paintings that included elaborate instructions
involving and electric mixer and airgun. The idea was that the
result had nothing to do with emotions or unique talents of the artist.
In 2006, Stingel was selected for the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City.
Jerry Saltz, "The Icon and the Iconoclast", Village Voice, March 8, 2005
Jonathan Gilmore, "Rudolf Stingel", Art in America, October 2000
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