Jake and Dinos Chapman - 20th Century to Now London Friday, June 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • “It's about interpretation or misinterpretation. Once a piece of work is finished we have no greater right to interpret it than anybody else. We don't necessarily know what it means. It becomes its own thing. It doesn't need us anymore.
    —Dinos Chapman

    Jake & Dinos Chapman in Interview with Marcus Field for SHOWStudio


    Marcus Field: How does working as a partnership, rather than in the traditional manner of individual talents, affect your work?


    Jake Chapman: We always considered art an activity confined by its language, rather than some idea of exclusive personal expression. I think that's the cause that the two of us have been working for. Our work raises questions about the speculative aspect of making a work of art rather than any simple expression of latent content. As soon as you assign the task of thinking about art to more than one person you make your practice critical automatically. It's not abouti skill, it's about the adoption of different modes of operation, of different modes of being.


    Dinos Chapman: I think working as a double act has caused us to fracture away from the kind of single-minded genius prototype of a normal artist. It doesn't just turn into binary equation, it turns into a totally fractured equation whereby everything is available to us – art history, popular culture, music. So the things we make become a conglomeration of not just Jake and my thoughts. We're interested in whether two people can constitute one genius. There's a very romantic notion of the great artist that still exists from the sixties.



    i ‘Interview: Jake & Dinos Chapman on Melting Heads’, SHOWStudio, 9 February, 2001, online.

    • Provenance

      White Cube, London
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Tate Britain, Turner Prize 2003, 29 October 2003 - 19 January 2004 (another example illustrated)
      Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga; Helsingborg, Dunkers Kulturhus, Jake & Dinos Chapman : the marriage of reason and squalor, 30 April – 21 November 2004 (another example exhibited)
      Helsinki, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, ARS 06 - Art is part of humanity, 21 January – 27 August 2006 (another example exhibited)
      Tate Liverpool, Jake and Dinos Chapman - Bad art for bad people, 15 Decmeber 2006 – 4 March 2007 (another example exhibited)
      Kunsthalle Krems, Lebenslust & Totentanz: Olbricht Collection, 18 July - 7 November 2010
      Paris, La Maison Rouge, Mémoires Du Futur, La Collection Olbricht, 22 October – 15 January 2012
      Kyiv, PinchukArtCentre, Chicken: Jake and Dinos Chapman, 16 February - 21 April 2013 (another example exhibited)
      Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum, Jake + Dinos Chapman: the blind leading the blind = slepý vede slepého, 13 October 2013– 5 January 2014 (another example exhibited)
      Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Expérience Goya, 15 October 2021 – 14 February 2022 (another example exhibited)


Sex I

painted bronze
263.5 x 238.9 x 122.8 cm (103 3/4 x 94 x 48 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2003, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3.

Full Cataloguing

£60,000 - 80,000 ‡♠

Sold for £63,500

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20th Century to Now

London Auction 30 June 2023