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  • Provenance

    Gladstone Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2008

  • Exhibited

    "The Third Mind: Carte Blanche à Ugo Rondinone," Palais de Tokyo, Paris, September 27, 2007-January 3, 2008

  • Literature

    Ugo Rondinone, The Third Mind, exh. cat., Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2007, illustrated n.p.
    Emma Dean and Anthony Spira, eds., Andrew Lord, Santa Monica, 2010, illustrated p. 141

  • Catalogue Essay

    by Andrew Lord

    Swallowing is from a series of works I began in the early nineties representing seven gestures or actions: biting, breathing, listening, smelling, swallowing, tasting and watching. Their titles describe their construction. For instance, biting is built by sinking my teeth into the clay, breathing by pressing soft clay against my chest, listening, against my ear, smelling, against my nose and nostrils, swallowing, by pressing soft clay against my throat, tasting, by pressing my tongue into the clay and watching, by moulding clay around my eye and eye socket.

    Sometimes, during making - for instance, in the case of swallowing, pressing clay against my throat - a transference occurred. The action of swallowing became swallowing made solid, separate; the action materialized into itself.

    At sixteen, between grammar school and the Central School, I spent two years at my local art school in Rochdale, Lancashire, submerged into a wide curriculum of studio education. I can trace back to Rochdale my belief in the egalitarianism of disciplines, rejection of their mystification and a realization that, after practical confrontation, craft is a process, not a subject, inherent in every form of making; and clay, a material of art, not a category.



Glazed ceramic, epoxy, gold leaf, and India ink.
Jug: 23 x 16 x 10 in. (58.4 x 40.6 x 25.4 cm)
Three-legged dish: 21 x 21 x 21 in. (53.3 x 53.3 x 53.3 cm)
Vase: 27 3/4 x 13 x 12 1/2 in. (70.5 x 33 x 31.8 cm)

Comprising a jug, three-legged dish, and vase (3).

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,900

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New York Auction 9 June 2021