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    Sale 7619

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale

    21 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 382

    Carsten Höller (b. 1961)

    Red Baby Whale

    Price Realised  


    Carsten Höller (b. 1961)
    Red Baby Whale
    polyurethane, enamel and faux eyelashes
    35 3/8in. (90cm.) length
    Executed in 1995, this work is unique

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    "Are the forms of animals consciousness, which have been demonstrated in anthropoids, grey parrots and dolphins and which appear similar to ours, really comparable to ours?
    Does not human consciousness originate primarily as a product of the sociological conditions of its coming to being? Doesn't animal consciousness have to be something quite different, something we cannot imagine? Or is there a basic measure of consciousness, which is part of man's biological makeup and also occurs in animals?"
    (C. Höller quoted in C. Höller and R. Trockel, Ein Haus für Schweine und Menschen/A House for Pigs and People, Documenta X 1997.)


    Theoreticalevents, Naples.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1995.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the correct dimension is 48in. (122cm.) length.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Naples, Theoreticalevents, Killing Children III, 1995.
    Milan, Fondazione Prada, Synchro System, November 2000-January 2001.