For more than twenty years, Rudolf Stingel’s works have interrogated the concept of painting and expanded its definition. In the 1980s, he demystified the image of the artist as an inspired inventor, which was then still widely held, by publishing a book entitled “Instructions / Istruzioni / Anleitung” that revealed how his abstract paintings were made and included directions enabling anyone to imitate them.
In addition to the classical means of painting, such as paint and canvas, Stingel employs industrial materials like insulation panels, styrofoam, carpeting, and potter’s clay. Since the early 1990s, he has used these materials to “carpet” now the floors, now the walls of exhibition rooms, in a significant contribution that has defined the contemporary debate over the relationship between painting and space.
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