previews

Rudolf Stingel, Untitled, 2000. Styrofoam, 120 x 96 x 2".

Chicago

Rudolf Stingel

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
220 East Chicago Avenue
January 27–May 27

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
June 28–October 14

Curated by Francesco Bonami

In recent years, Rudolf Stingel has consistently pushed the concerns of painting beyond the canvas into architecture and into the interactive domain of audience participation. His installations of silver insulation panels are enormously elegant when they first appear—so elegant, in fact, that the public goes berserk. Leaving marks, wildly ripping down huge sections—at the artist’s invitation, of course—visitors participate to create new environments that radiate a kind of tragic splendor. The artist’s first retrospective in the US spans the past three decades with thirty-one sculptures and paintings, including a few silver panels and a recent series of large Photorealistic self-portraits. The catalogue, the first major study of Stingel’s work, features essays by curator Francesco Bonami, Chrissie Iles, and Reiner Zettl. Travels to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 28–Oct. 14.