GOOD EVENING BEAUTIFUL BLUE
Spanning the entirety of the museum’s newly designed second floor, good evening beautiful blue by Ugo Rondinone is a part of a major multi-institution retrospective comprising works that span three decades of Rondinone’s practice, from the late 1990s to the present. From poetic installations in public spaces to life-size drawings, Rondinone’s work balances on the edge of euphoria and depression. The exhibition centers on the work, vocabulary of solitude (2014), an installation of 45 life-size clown figures, each engaged in a different everyday activity, such as sleeping, daydreaming, waking up, sitting and running. Marking its first appearance in the U.S. in nearly two decades, a separate gallery presents an immersive six-channel video installation titled It’s late… (1999–2000), displaying slow-motion loops of people doing various isolated mundane tasks. On view in the third space, clockwork for oracles II (2008) is a multi-wall installation comprised of 52-mirrored windows (one for each week in the year) set against a backdrop of whitewashed pages from a local newspaper.
Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964, Brunnen, Switzerland) is a renowned mixed-media artist who lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: let’s start this day again at Contemporary Art Center (Cincinnati, United States), giorni d’oro + notti d’argento at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (Rome, Italy), Seven Magic Mountains organized by Art Production Fund and the Nevada Museum of Art (Nevada, United States), vocabulary of solitude at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands), i love john giorno at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), artists and poets at Vienna Secession (Vienna, Austria), breathe walk die at Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai, China), human nature organized by Public Art Fund in Rockefeller Plaza, (New York, United States), we run through a desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted at Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, United States), thank you silence at M – Museum Leuven (Leuven, Belgium). His work is in the collections of MoMA (New York, ICA (Boston), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), The Bass (Miami Beach) and Dallas Museum of Art, among others.