Rudolf Stingel (Italian, b.1956) is a Conceptual artist best known for installations that cover exhibition spaces with monochrome carpets. Born in Meran, Stingel rose to prominence in the late 1980s for his monochromatic, silver paintings with tones of red, yellow, or blue. In the 1990s, Stingel began producing Abstract paintings by applying a single color on the canvas and then spraying silver paint through pieces of gauze. His works on paper use a similar technique of applying oil paint through tulle. Many of Stingel’s prints and installations question the authorship of the artist by emphasizing the democratic and collaborative nature of the artistic process. For his work included in the Venice Biennale in 1989, Stingel created Instructions, a manual in several languages that details the process of making one of his paintings. Stingel’s other installations use a wide range of materials, such as Styrofoam, carpet, and cast polyurethane. For a retrospective of his work in 2007 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Stingel covered the walls with metallic Celotex and encouraged visitors to inscribe the soft surface. Stingel’s work has been exhibited at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He lives and works in New York and Merano, Italy.

Timeline

1957
Born in Merano, Italy
2008
Second Place for Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally by the U.S. Art Critics Association for the 2006-2007 season. “Rudolf Stingel” organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Curator: Francesco Bonami
Lives and works in New York and Merano, Italy

Exhibitions

2010
High Ideals & Crazy Dreams, curated by Gerwald Rockenschaub, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, Germany
2010
Rudolf Stingel, Live, Neue National Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009
Rudolf Stingel, Sadie Coles HQ, London, England (solo)
2009
Rudolf Stingel, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009
Something About Mary, organized by Dodie Kazanjian, The Arnold and Marie Schwartz, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY
2009
Self-Portraits, Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, François Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
2009
Black & White, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, NY
2009
After Images, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2008
Rudolf Stingel, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008
No Information Available, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2008
Excerpt: Selections from the Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Collection, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
2008
Whoʼs Afraid of Jasper Johns, conceived by Urs Fischer & Gavin Brown, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
2008
Life on Mars, 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2008
God is Design, curated by Neville Wakefield, Galpão Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil
2008
Prefab, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2008
Accidental Modernism, curated by Christopher Eamon, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY
2007
The Complexity of the Simple, L&M Arts, New York, NY
2007
Rudolf Stingel, Sadie Coles HQ, London, England (solo)
2007
Rudolf Stingel: Paintings 1987-2007, curated by Francesco Bonami, MCA, Chicago, IL; traveling to Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY(solo)
2007
Grotjahn, Hirst, Parrino, Reyle, Richter, Stingel, Warhol, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Sequence 1: Painting and Sculpture from the Francois Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
2007
Painting as Fact – Fact as Fiction, organized by Bob NIckas, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland
2007
White, Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York, NY
2006
Rudolf Stingel/Urs Fischer, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy (solo)
2006
Rudolf Stingel, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK (solo)
2006
CON/SENS: Rudolf Stingel and Franz West, Public Art Project curated by Catherine Grout, ar/ge Kunst Museum Gallery, Bolzano, Italy
2006
Where are we going? (Works from the Collection of Francois Pinault), curated by Alison Gingeras, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
2006
Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, Villa Manin Center for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Italy
2006
Day for Night: Whitney Biennial 2006, curated by Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
2006
Hiding in the Light, curated by Neville Wakefield, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
2005
The Red Thread, Howard House Contemporary, Seattle, WA
2005
EURAC tower, Bolzano, Italy (solo)
2005
Rudolf Stingel, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005
The Red Thread, Howard House Contemporary, Seattle, WA
2005
Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; MART Roverto, Italy
2004
Rudolf Stingel, Sadie Coles HQ, London, England (solo)
2004
Plan B, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY (solo)
2004
Rudolf Stingel, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy (solo)
2004
Home Depot, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2004
None of the above, curated by Cesar Marzetti, Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI
2004
About Painting, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Spring, NY
2004
Power, Corruption and Lies, Roth Horowitz, New York, NY
2004
Love/Hate: from Magritte to Cattelan, Masterpieces from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Villa Manin-Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Passariano, Udine, Italy
2004
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2003
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2003
Rudolf Stingel, Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
2003
Forever, curated by Adam McEwen and Neville Wakefield, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Commodification of Buddhism, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
2002
Rudolf Stingel, Georg Kargl Galerie, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2002
Rudolf Stingel, Paula Cooper Gallery New York, NY (solo)
2002
Shimmering Substance / View Finder, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England
2002
Penetration, curated by Mark Fletcher, Friedrich Petzel/ Marianne Boesky, New York, NY
2001
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2001
The Appartment, with Franz West, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2001
Monochrome/Monochrome?, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY
2000
Examining Pictures: Exhibiting Paintings, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2000
pittura austriae. Positionen aus Oserreich I/III, Galerie Elisabeth und Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck, Austria
2000
Un siècle d’innocence : le monochrome blanc, Centre Rooseum pour l’art contemporain
1999
A Continued Investigation of the Relevance of Abstraction, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
1998
Due o tre cose che so di loro..., curated by Marco Meneguzzo, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1997
Truce: Echoes of Art in an Age of Endless Conclusions, curated by Francesco Bonami, Site Santa Fe, NM
1996
Screen, curated by Joshua Decter at the Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
1995
Pittura - Immedia, Neue Galerie and Kunstlerhaus, Graz, Austria
1994
Felix Gonzalez-Torres / Rudolf Stingel, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
1993
Live In Your Head, curated by Robert Nickas, Heiligenkreuzerhof, Vienna, Austria
1992
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, St. Louis, MO