Monday, December 14, 2015

Rudolf Stingel at Sadie Coles

Installation view, Rudolf Stingel, Sadie Coles HQ, London, 4 November – 19 December, 2015

Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

"All photographs are memento mori. [...] To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability." (Sontag) Richter drained the blood from the body and Stingel the mortician meticulously copying the deceased face's crimson lips atop its sullen corpse: the mortician painter repaints the embalmed dead as motionless life for an audience that wishes for brief illusory glimpse of that thing's memory totally cold.

See too:   Luc Tuymans at David ZwirnerMichaël Borremans at Dallas Museum of Art,