Ugo Rondinone: The Night of Lead
Edited by Agustín Pérez Rubio, Madeleine Schuppli. Text by Agustín Pérez Rubio, Klaus Biesenbach, Beatrix Ruf, Madeleine Schuppli.
Mixing menace and unease with buoyancy and optimism, Swiss-born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone (born 1963) infuses his sculptures, drawings, videos, photographs, sound art and text works with a wide repertoire of fantasies and fears. Rondinone is famed for his celebratory, rainbow-colored "Hell, Yes!" sign, emblazoned on the New Museum's frontage on the occasion of its 2007 opening. At the other end of his emotional-artistic spectrum lie his outsized monster heads and contorted trees that could be modeled from illustrations to a children's ghost story, and somewhere in between lie such works as his curiously ominous series of heavily augmented doors and his looming lightbulbs. At nearly 400 pages, and with a wealth of color plates, this enormous new monograph from JRP|Ringier surveys all of these works and more, taking full stock of Rondinone's prolific activity over the past dozen years.