Marc Quinn - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Switzerland

  • Literature

    U. Galimberto, I miti del nostro tempo, Milan, 2009 (illustrated on the cover)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “It’s about taking an image, it’s not about Kate Moss as a person. Kate Moss
    is interesting because she’s someone who has two lives, her real life and
    the life of her image. It becomes, in a way, very much how divinity is used
    by religion. You can have a thousand Virgin Marys all over the world, or you
    can have millions of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. There’s this replication of
    images of Kate Moss, and to suddenly turn it into an object again – and yet
    a kind of hollow object, so it’s like a screen – makes the Kate Moss more a
    portrait of society’s fantasies and myth than about a real person. And that’s
    why [the Kate Moss work is] quite empty looking in a way. They’re not that
    realistically modelled – they’re more like an archetype than a portrait bust –
    and so, again, that’s taking something that’s hovering around in the ether and
    bringing it back down to earth … it’s about taking this image that, by constant
    repetition, has almost dematerialized, and then rematerializing it. Sculpture is
    about materialization of the immaterial.”
    Marc Quinn, from an interview filmed in Basel, 2009, published by
    The Art Newspaper


Sphinx, Microcosmos

Painted bronze.
33.5 x 23 x 20 cm (13 1/4 x 9 x 7 7/8 in).

Incised with initials, date 'MQ 2008' and edition number on the base. This work is from an edition of 7.

£60,000 - 80,000 ‡♠

Sold for £73,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

14 October 2010