Manolo Valdés, Butterflies, via Sothebys.com
From September 13 to October 31, 2010, Sotheby’s London will exhibit 24 works of sculpture at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Each of the pieces is offered for sale in the auction house’s fifth Selling Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Sculpture, titled Beyond Limits. Among the artists featured are Lynn Chadwick, Yue Minjun, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Subodh Gupta, Ju Ming, Eduardo Chillida, Germaine Richer and Barry Flanagan.
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Manolo Valdés’ (b. 1942) aluminum sculpture, Butterflies, holds a coveted position on the Duke’s private lawn, directly in front of Chatsworth House. The sculpture was created earlier this year and measures over 9 meters in width.
Yue Minjun (b. 1962) will show a set of bronze figures in an installation titled Contemporary Terracotta Warriors. The artist’s trademark smiling men refer to one of China’s greatest cultural treasures – the Qin dynasty terracotta warriors. While those ancient warriors number 8,000, Minjun’s army is composed of 25 figures.
British artists figure prominently in this year’s exhibition. Four works by Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) - Ace of Diamonds III, Stairs, High Wind IV and Three Elektras - will be on view. Stairs is the largest of a series of sculptures he produced late in his career based around the theme of two female figures ascending/descending a staircase.
Damien Hirst’s (b. 1965) St. Bartholomew will be installed in the Sensory Garden at Chatsworth. The sculpture depicts the saint, who was skinned alive, standing on a stool with his pelt hanging from one arm.
In keeping with his preoccupation with biology, genetics, and flora, Mark Quinn (b. 1964) will show The Engine of Evolution. The sculpture consists of two giant flowers reduced to their reproductive elements.
While this is only the fifth year Sotheby’s has held this selling exhibition at Chatsworth, The Chatsworth House Trust and the Devonshire family have commissioned contemporary sculpture for display in the 105-acre garden since 1995. If the past is any indication, we can expect to see a sixth annual sale at this time next year.