Ugo Rondinone


Gladstone Gallery
May 29th 2020 — Jun 26th 2020

An online solo presentation featuring new work by Ugo Rondinone, "Mattituck" gathers a series of watercolor paintings depicting the view from the artist's studio on the Long Island Sound.

Here, Rondinone reflects on the series:

Finding myself in an empty studio for the last 3 months, I resorted to an intimate work: drawing poems and brushing sunsets and moonrise paintings. This is a good time for me to work in silence—cocooning myself into my own time, these two pastimes I love most and tire of least.

The Mattituck paintings show the view from my studio window across the Long Island Sound. My first summer in Mattituck was a revelation, forcing me to examine my surroundings with the freshness of a friendly alien. Every day, just when the twilight started, John and I would set our chairs in position and experience a new sunset, a magical illumination of the ordinary—lucid and lyrical. Looking at the sunset makes one feel that the physical and the spiritual are not separate.

Ugo Rondinone, mayseventhtwothousandandtwenty, 2020. Watercolor on canvas, artist's frame, plexiglass plaque with caption, 78.7 x 118.1 inches. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery New York/Brussels.