• Post-War & Contemporary Art Da auction at Christies

    Sale 7756

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction

    17 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    Wim Delvoye (b. 1965)

    Last Port

    Price Realised  


    Wim Delvoye (b. 1965)
    Last Port
    taxidermied and tattooed pig
    31 3/8 x 49 1/8 x 18½in. (80 x 125 x 47cm.)
    Executed in 2006

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    In the early works, the imagery was as banal and trivial as possible: skulls, hearts, crosses. It was an encyclopedia of trivial things. I wasn't really interested in the pig's anatomy. But once I started tattooing live pigs, I was forced to take an interest in their anatomy, and that affected the composition. I gained new respect for the animals and began making tattoos for them.

    Wim Delvoye quoted in "Bringing Home The Bacon," Art Asia Pacific, No. 55, September-October, 2007, p. 154-159.

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    Private Collection, France.