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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Antony Gormley
SUBLIMATE VI
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Irrevocable Bids
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Lots marked W will be sent to Greenford Park Fine Art Storage Facility immediately after the auction.
Artist's Resale Right
Purchase of lots marked with this symbol will be subject to the payment of the artist's resale right.
Double Dagger
Indicates that the lot is being sold whilst subject to Temporary Importation, and that VAT is due at the reduced rate
Guaranteed Property
Guaranteed Property. The seller of lots with this symbol has been guaranteed a minimum price from one auction or a series of auctions. If every lot in a catalogue is guaranteed, the Conditions of Sale will so state and this symbol will not be used for each lot.
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 758,750 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Antony Gormley
SUBLIMATE VI
Estimate
Irrevocable Bids
Lots with this symbol indicate that a party has provided Sotheby’s with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures that the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of the irrevocable bid, will be compensated based on the final hammer price in the event he or she is not the successful bidder or may receive a fixed fee in the event he or she is the successful bidder. If the irrevocable bidder is the successful bidder, the fixed fee (if applicable) for providing the irrevocable bid may be netted against the irrevocable bidder’s obligation to pay the full purchase price for the lot and the purchase price reported for the lot shall be net of such fixed fee. If the irrevocable bid is not secured until after the printing of the auction catalogue, a pre-lot announcement will be made indicating that there is an irrevocable bid on the lot. If the irrevocable bidder is advising anyone with respect to the lot, Sotheby’s requires the irrevocable bidder to disclose his or her financial interest in the lot. If an agent is advising you or bidding on your behalf with respect to a lot identified as being subject to an irrevocable bid, you should request that the agent disclose whether or not he or she has a financial interest in the lot.
UK: Greenford Park
Lots marked W will be sent to Greenford Park Fine Art Storage Facility immediately after the auction.
Artist's Resale Right
Purchase of lots marked with this symbol will be subject to the payment of the artist's resale right.
Double Dagger
Indicates that the lot is being sold whilst subject to Temporary Importation, and that VAT is due at the reduced rate
Guaranteed Property
Guaranteed Property. The seller of lots with this symbol has been guaranteed a minimum price from one auction or a series of auctions. If every lot in a catalogue is guaranteed, the Conditions of Sale will so state and this symbol will not be used for each lot.
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 758,750 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

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Antony Gormley
B. 1950
SUBLIMATE VI
variable mild steel blocks
192 by 63 by 33 cm. 75 5/8 by 24 3/4 by 13 in.
Executed in 2006.
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Provenance

White Cube, London

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

Literature

Michael Mack, Ed., Antony Gormley, Göttingen 2007, p. 533, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

The Blockwork Series, which is still continuing, makes physical pixelisations with a rising canon of four blocks, each eight times the volume of the one before, keeping the same 1:1:2 proportion as in the original Building series that only used one block size.

The first works in this series were made in moulds working relatively blind, allowing the largest blocks where possible. All the blocks are contained within the constraints of the mould. 

This was an attempt to apply the logic of the post and lintel structures of building to the body, making a massive, chrystalline precipitate. All of the early works allude to chemical states: ConcentratePrecipitateSublimate, using them as metaphors for internal feeling.

As the series developed, the challenge became one of trying to liberate each of the participant blocks into a space of its own creating a tension between space and mass, cohesion and breakdown that permeates the whole. The challenge is to try to make the dynamic of the hovering blocks a substitute for the obsession with movement that has characterised figuration in the history of Western sculpture.

The success of any one work depends on there being an absolute tension between the sharp material clarity of the steel blocks, and a sense of vulnerability and exposure in the gestalt. The edge of the works is very important. Light and space eat into the embodied core, so the works have a quality of incomplete resolution. 

Antony Gormley

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

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London