ANTONY GORMLEY | Gut IV

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ANTONY GORMLEY
Gut IV
mild steel blocks
60½ by 21 by 25½ in. 153.7 by 53.3 by 64.8 cm.
Executed in 2002.

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PROVENANCE
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Private Collection, Belgium (acquired from the above)
Sotheby’s, London, February 11, 2010, lot 170 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection, Qatar (acquired from the above sale)
Sotheby’s, London, June 27, 2012, lot 228 (consigned by the above)
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Private Collection, Europe

CATALOGUE NOTE
"I am interested in the body because it 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

Uniting the individual and the universal, Antony Gormley’s Gut IV from 2002 exemplifies the artist’s ability to craft broad statements about the human condition using his own body. Gormley’s sculpture is bowed over, a familiar display of discomfort that runs contrary to a long tradition of heroic statuary in which subjects are only shown in their most ideal state. The artist’s innovative fabrication, particularly his use of mild steel blocks, further complicates a straightforward reading of the work. Familiar and otherworldly, the present work investigates the fundamental forces underpinning the human experience, and in the process encourages the viewer to question their own sense of place and being within the world.

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