bluestone and stainless steel with concrete pedestal
20 1/2 x 7 x 6 1/4 inches (sculpture); 44 x 12 x 12 inches (pedestal)
Ugo Rondinone has become widely recognized for creating works that profoundly resonate with the human condition. He produces freely within a rich variety of disciplines and media, presenting us with unique conditions essential to exploring a vast range of emotions. In The Hip, he stacks bluestone that is rough cut at the quarry to form the human figure. The sculpture makes evident the true nature of its material: heavy and course, formed through time by weather and corrosion. The final work shows a fascinating relationship between the natural surfaces of the figure and the artificial one of the poured concrete pedestal. This body of work is complemented by Human Nature (2013), a large-scale installation presented by the Public Art Fund in which he created nine 16- to 20-foot tall stone sculptures in the plaza at Rockefeller Center. Rondinone has been the subject of solo exhibitions worldwide, and recently was part of the Nasher XChange public art exhibition with dear sunset, a multi-colored pier at Fish Trap Lake in West Dallas.
estimated retail value: $90,000
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courtesy of the artist and gladstone gallery, new york and brussels
gallery website: gladstonegallery.com