Go see – Derbyshire, UK: Sotheby's contemporary sculpture sale 'Beyond Limits' at Chatsworth House, through November 1, 2009

September 15th, 2009

Beyond Limits 4, Angel of the North (life-size maquette), 1997, cast iron, Anton
Angel of the North (Life-Size Maquette), Antony Gormley 1997. Via Chatsworth

Currently on display in the grounds of Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is Sotheby’s ‘Beyond Limits‘; a selling exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture which the auction house claims is their “largest and most diverse to date.” The exhibition will continue through November 1.  It will be the fourth year of the installation, which has become known as one of the most prestigious platforms for displaying monumental works in an outdoor setting.  On display are bronze sculptures by Henry Moore and Aristade Millol, as well as contemporary pieces by Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn, Subodh Gupta and Fernando Botero.  All works on display are available for private sale.

Henry Moore. Three Piece Reclining Figure DRaoed (1975)
Three Piece Reclining Figure: Draped, Henry Moore (1975). Via Sotheby’s

Related Links:
Chatsworth House Homepage
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‘Beyond Limits’ Event Page
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‘Beyond Limits’ Catalogue
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‘Beyond Limits’ Press Release
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VIDEO TOUR Beyond Limits: A Selling Exhibition of Monumental Sculpturewith Simon Stock, Deputy Director, Impressionist & Modern Art [Sotheby’s]
In Pictures: Giant Sculputres at Chatsworth House
[BBC NEWS]
Big-money sales behind closed doors [Telegraph.co.uk]

More pictures and text after the jump…

Art Sales
Buddha, Niki de Saint-Phalle (2000 -01). Via Telegraph.co.uk
The Duke of Devonshire, who acts as deputy chairman of Sotheby’s board of directors, has highlighted Henry Moore’s 15ft reclining nude, Three Piece Reclining Figure: Draped, as his favourite piece. There is no doubt that above any artist Henry Moore’s wishes have best been fulfilled by his inclusion in the exhibition; Moore famously once stated, “sculpture is an art of the open air.” The subject of the reclining nude accounts for around two thirds of full-length figural compositions in Moore’s vast oeuvre.  This piece is particularly significant as Moore unusually departs from the linear format for which he is known.  This unique feature is surely responsible for the enormous, record-breaking sum for which the sculpture sold at Christie’s in 2003 – £3.9 million.
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The Angel of the North, Antony Gormley (1997). Via Getty

Undoubtedly one of the star attractions of the show is Antony Gormley’s life-size maquette for what is arguably the most recognized public sculpture in the UK, The Angel of the North.  A piece that has been cast directly from Gormley’s body and then fabricated in Cor-Ten steel by a team of metal workers and engineers, it has come to stand as a testament to Gormley’s individual conception and as a monument to collective achievement. Gormley himself has stated; ‘More than any other work that I have been involved with, the Angel exhibits sculpture’s ability to endure’. While no prices are advertised in Sotheby’s e-catalogue it is worthwhile to note that this particular sculpture, the second from an edition of five, originally sold for £150,000 and that another of the set sold at Sotheby’s only last year for a record £2.3 million.

Subodh Gupta
Leap of Faith, Subodh Gupta (2005 – 06). Via Sotheby’s

A great compliment to Gormley’s Angel, a work known as an icon for the modern, industrial age, is the contribution by the Indian artist Subodh Gupta, Leap of Faith. Subodh is artist well recognized for his confrontation with the social and economic tensions arising from India’s progressive modernization.Here Gupta has magnified (multiplied and stacked) the pedestrian milk pail to mammoth proportions, so much that they become a symbol of the juxtaposition between urban and rural life and is perhaps the artist ruminating on the temptation and allure of the gleaming new commodities.

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Dancers
, Fernando Botero (2007) alongside the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Via Getty

Another notable and truly monumental sculpture included is Fernando Botero’s, Dancers which towers over passers-by at 2.89 meters tall. Botero, is well known for pursuing beauty through form and volume, “I never give particular traits to my figures. I don’t want them to have personality, but rather that they represent a type that I create. My sculptures do not carry any messages, social or otherwise… what matters for me is the form, the voluptuous surfaces which emphasize the sensuality of my work”

Manolo Valdes. Mariposas (Butterflies)
Mariposas, Manolo Valdes (2008). Via Sotheby’s

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Marilyn Monroe, Richard Hudson (2002). Via Sotheby’s

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