Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 1994
Untitled, 1994. cast urethane rubber 18 x 21 x 9 in. (45.7 x 53.3 x 22.9 cm) This work is from a series of twenty-four variants, each unique in color. The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Galleria Massimo de Carlo.
PROVENANCE Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan
EXHIBITED New York, Paula Cooper Gallery, Rudolf Stingel, October - November 1994 (another variant exhibited) Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rudolf Stingel, January 27 - May 27, 2007 (another variant exhibited) New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Rudolf Stingel, June 28 - October 14, 2007 (another variant exhibited)
LITERATURE B. Brgi, Rudolf Stingel, exh. cat., Kunstalle Zurich, 1995, pp. 13, 15 (another variant illustrated) F. Bonami, RUDOLF STINGEL, New Haven, 2007, pp. 3, 37, 69, 71, 79, 99, 117, 133, 157, 181, 201, 237 (another variant illustrated)
Rudolf Stingelís associations with the Buddha are longstanding. His father, a frequent traveler to India, would bring back small Buddha figurines from the Asian continent with which he would play with as a boy. The present lot, Untitled, 1994, was fashioned to be Stingelís own version of an Asian deity, one that blended the meditative Buddha from his childhood memories with the multi-armed Hindu deities like Siva or Vishnu. Cast in rubber and made in 24 different colors, each of the deityís six arms holds a tool from his how-to Untitled (Instructions), 1989, in which the artist details the step-by-step process required to create one of his early abstract paintings: a wide brush, scissors to cut tulle, a mixer, a spray gun, a wallpaper spatula, and a tube of paint. While the Buddha figure is a universal symbol of enlightenment, Stingelís creation acts as his own symbol of artistic enlightenment, holding all of the elements for a successful work of art and thereby making the creative process available to all.