Lot 1114
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ANTONY GORMLEY | Gut XIII

Estimate
2,400,000 - 3,400,000 HKD
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4,000,000 HKD
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Description

  • Antony Gormley
  • Gut XIII
  • cast iron

Provenance

White Cube, Hong Kong
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Hong Kong, White Cube, Antony Gormley: States and Conditions, March - May 2014

Catalogue Note

The body is the place where emotions are most directly registered. When you feel frightened, when you feel excited, happy, depressed – somehow the body registers it.

Antony Gormley

I use the construction language of the built world […] to evoke the inner condition of the body, treating it less as a thing than a place. There is a tension between a suggested symmetry and the actual articulation of a body, so that very slight variations in the alignment of the blocks can be read empathetically as an indication of the total body feeling. All of the “Blockworks” attempt to treat the body as a condition; being – not doing.

Antony Gormley


Antony Gormley’s Gut XIII is an important example of the artist’s ‘Cast Blockworks’ series (2005 - ) and was first presented as part of his acclaimed exhibition, States and Conditions, at White Cube Hong Kong, in 2014.

Here, Gormley has turned from sculpture’s traditional consideration of the body as a composite constructed from discrete anatomical elements, to architecture as a mental condition. Using the architectonic language of stacking, propping and cantilever, he provokes empathic reflection on the urban-bound human condition. 

Based on a 3D scan of the artist’s own body and comprised of cast iron blocks, Gut XIII expresses uncertainty, nervousness and apprehension, with fists held hard into the stomach and torso twisting inwards. The body is enclosed within its own folded posture, evoking the tension between the existential conditions of shelter and exposure.
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