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Employing such materials as rubber, carpet, painted aluminum, Styrofoam, and paint, Rudolf Stingel's work questions and disrupts the viewer's understanding and experience of an art object. Although Stingel's work does not always involve paint on canvas, it continually reflects upon some of the fundamental questions concerning painting today, including authenticity, hierarchy, meaning, and context. While Stingel, who was shown in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, has created major installations for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and numerous other institutions, this is his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, surveying his career to date and including a new site-specific work.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and is curated by Francesco Bonami, Manilow Senior Curator at Large.
Major support for Rudolf Stingel is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris.
Generous support is also provided by Nancy and Sanfred Koltun, Anne and Ken Griffin, Neil G. Bluhm, Anne and Burt Kaplan, and Helen and Sam Zell.
Additional support is provided by Sara Szold, Andrea and Jim Gordon, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation, Frances Dittmer Family Foundation, Stefan Edlis and H. Gael Neeson, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Bert A. Lies Jr. MD and Rosina Lee Yue, and David Teiger.
This exhibition is made possible, in part, by Altria Group, Inc.
"For nearly 20 years [Rudolf Stingel] has made work that seduces the eye while also upending most notions of what, exactly, constitutes a painting, how it should be made and by whom."
– The New York Times
"One of those rare exhibitions devoted to a less-than-famous artist who appeals to connoisseur and general public alike, this Rudolf Stingel survey is a real gift."
– Time Out New York