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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    PAUL LASTER: When did you first start tattooing pigs and what was your original concept for the work?
    WIM DELVOYE: I started in 1992, did one or two pigs in 1994 and in 1995 I tattooed fifteen, but they were dead pigs; I got the skins from slaughterhouses. I started to tattoo live pigs in 1997. I was interested in the idea of the pig as a bank – a piggy bank. I didn’t have the concept formulated yet, but I decided to place some small drawings onto these living organisms and let them grow. From the beginning, there was the idea that the pig would literally grow in value, but I also knew that they were considered pretty worthless. It’s hard to make something as prestigious as art from a pig. It’s not kosher.
     
    (Paul Laster, ‘Bringing Home the Bacon: Wim Delvoye’, ArtAsiaPacific, 30 September 2007, pp. 154–59)

25

Untitled (Pierre)

2005
Tattooed pigskin.
166 × 136 cm (65 1/2 × 53 1/2 in).
Signed and titled ‘W Delvoye PIERRE’ on the reverse.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £49,250

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010
London