Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas

good evening beautiful blue

Ugo Rondinone

The Bass Miami, Florida, USA 10/29/2017 – 03/25/2018

Installation view. Photography by Zachary Balber, courtesy of the artist and The Bass, Miami Beach.

Installation view. Photography by Zachary Balber, courtesy of the artist and The Bass, Miami Beach.

Installation view. Photography by Stefan Altenburger, courtesy of the artist and The Bass, Miami Beach.

Spanning the entirety of the museum’s newly designed second floor, good evening beautiful blue by Ugo Rondinone was a part of a major multi-institution retrospective comprising works that span three decades of the artist’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 centered on the work, vocabulary of solitude (2014-2016), 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… (1998), displaying slow-motion loops of people doing various isolated mundane tasks, resulting in a thought provoking and introspective space. Also on view is clockwork for oracles II (2008), a multi-wall installation comprised of 52-mirrored windows (one for each week in the year) set against a backdrop of whitewashed pages from the Miami Herald. Together, the selection of works places the visitor in an arena of contemplation and introspection, confronted by installations that stimulate self-reflection.

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Installation view. Photography by Zachary Balber, courtesy of the artist and The Bass, Miami Beach.

Installation view. Photography by Zachary Balber, courtesy of the artist and The Bass, Miami Beach.

Installation view. Photography by Stefan Altenburger, courtesy of the artist and The Bass, Miami Beach.

Spanning the entirety of the museum’s newly designed second floor, good evening beautiful blue by Ugo Rondinone was a part of a major multi-institution retrospective comprising works that span three decades of the artist’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 centered on the work, vocabulary of solitude (2014-2016), 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… (1998), displaying slow-motion loops of people doing various isolated mundane tasks, resulting in a thought provoking and introspective space. Also on view is clockwork for oracles II (2008), a multi-wall installation comprised of 52-mirrored windows (one for each week in the year) set against a backdrop of whitewashed pages from the Miami Herald. Together, the selection of works places the visitor in an arena of contemplation and introspection, confronted by installations that stimulate self-reflection.

https://thebass.org/

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