Antony Gormley - New Now London Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    White Cube, São Paulo
    Private Collection, Switzerland
    Christie's, London, 30 June 2016, lot 131
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    São Paulo, White Cube, Antony Gormley Facts and Systems, 2012

  • Catalogue Essay


    'The PROPPERS can be traced back to the blockworks of 2001. In these sculptures the space displaced by the artist’s body was materialized in ‘physical pixellations’ made from steel blocks.

    By 2004 the blocks started to be arranged according to the logic of architectural construction using stacking, propping and cantilever which allowed for a greater dynamic of parts and greater liberty with the body‐volumes.

    As always, the process begins with a moment of lived time: the moulding of the artist’s body, but these new works developed the language of an intermediary series, the BEAMERS. These are pieces
    where beams running in three axes, touch the body’s boundary and form an axial stack. ‘Propping’ developed from trying to achieve the maximum difference of the beam section with the minimum number of elements to make a stack of beams within the bounding condition of a human body.

    The work uses the tectonics of post and lintel architecture to translate body mass into the equivalent of a high rise tower or cantilevered pontoon, but does so with the freedom of a child seeing how high his wooden blocks can reach.' - Antony Gormley


State III

incised with artist's initials, numbered and dated 'AM DG 1493 2012' on the underside of the figure's foot
mild steel bar
191 x 42 x 34 cm (75 1/4 x 16 1/2 x 13 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2012.

£300,000 - 500,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £369,000

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London Auction 11 April 2018