The works of New York artist Rudolf Stingel (born in 1956 in Merano) are a constant radical reflection on fundamental questions of painting. Unusual materials like carpet, painted aluminum, or Styrofoam place notions of art in question again and again. Painting and sculpture form a compound, conception and creative coincidence collaborate. Stingel’s works from the last twenty years stretch from works given names, patterns, scratchings where exhibition visitors actively participate in the process of emergence, through foot print images and Styrofoam objects, to photorealistic painted self-portraits. He plays with the idea of art and decoration by installing things on the wall that are usually found on the floor, and vice-versa. Humor, irony, and a clear commitment to minimalism form the core of his work. He combines his love of painting with a postmodern doubt, and often achieves an almost perfect balance between visualization and concept.
His work engages the audience in dialogue about their perception of art and uses Conceptual painting and installations to explore the process of creation. Stingel employs various materials, and references to other art movements, to challenge contemporary notions about painting.
Recent solo exhibitions include his mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2007 (traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York) and "LIVE" at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2010). His work has been included in numerous group shows including "Day for Night: Whitney Biennial" Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006); "Life on Mars, 55th Carnegie International," Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2008) and "Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection," Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2009).