THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

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UGO RONDINONE CREATES NEW INSTALLATION FOR THE ICA’SSANDRA AND GERALD FINEBERG ART WALL

Boston, Mass. – Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone will create the third installation of the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The Art Wall is dedicated to site-specific works by leading contemporary artists, commissioned annually. Located along the eastern interior wall of the museum’s glass-enclosed lobby, the most public space in the museum, the Art Wall is the visitor’s first encounter with art work on entering the building. Rondinone’s work will be on view from Nov. 4, 2008 to Nov. 1, 2009.  

First introduced to Boston in the ICA’s inaugural exhibition Super Vision (2006), Rondinone has earned international attention for his poetic, evocative work across a wide range of styles and media. He tends to work in series, selecting a medium and motif that he explores in multiple variations. His best known groups of works include monochromatic large-scale drawings of trees, multi-colored concentric circle paintings, sculptures of recumbent clowns or gnarly olive trees, and rainbow-colored neon signs. Among his titles are Two Stones in my Pocket, House of Dust, Cry me a River, Moonlight and Aspirin, and A Horse with No Name. These poetic evocations are often suggestive of the passing of time, of introspective moods and of charged atmospheres.

“Ugo Rondinone’s installations create a dramatic, sensory environment where imagination and reality seem to co-exist,” says Jill Medvedow, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art. “It is fitting for the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, where visitors begin their experience at the ICA.”

“Rondinone transforms objects and spaces in order to trigger both distant memories and fresh speculations. His choices of materials and imagery are often enigmatic, but also deeply personal, related to specific moments, places, and relationships,” says Nicholas Baume, ICA Chief Curator.

At the ICA, Rondinone will enliven the Fineberg Art Wall with a dynamic new installation, covering the wall with 52 mirrored glass windows in a rainbow of colors and variety of sizes, and set against a backdrop of whitewashed sheets from local newspapers. The window frames will be fashioned out of recycled barn wood painted gray, contrasting with the sleekness of the mirrored glass window panes. Entitled c lockwork for oracles, the title for the project is taken from a poem by Edmond Jabès.

Based in New Rork, Ugo Rondinone was born in 1963 in Brunnen, Switzerland. He has exhibited widely in Europe
and the United States, and was the representative for Switzerland in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). Solo exhibitions include a public installation in New York’s Battery Park (2007); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2003); and P.S.1, Long Island City, New York (2000). Rondinone’s sign project Hell, Yes! (2001), is currently installed on the New Museum’s Bowery building façade.

About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the ICA has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for seventy years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas.  Located at 100 Northern Avenue in Boston, the ICA is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am - 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm.  Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, and free for members and children 17 and under. Free admission on Target Free Thursday Nights, 5-9 pm. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at www.icaboston.org.

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