Jimmie Durham

Alpine Ibex

2017

Artist
Jimmie Durham born 1940
Medium
Ibex skull, wooden cot, wooden chair parts, paint, wood, steel, plastic, glass and other materials
Dimensions
Object: 1920 × 1600 × 580 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by kurimanzutto 2018
Reference
T15201

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‘I wanted to gather the skulls of the largest animals of Europe and bring them back into our world’, Durham has said, describing the resulting works as ‘animal spirits’. This assemblage of found objects incorporates the skull and horns of an ibex, a wild mountain goat found in the Alps. For Durham, the work is ‘more sculptural than representative’
No animal was harmed for the purpose of creating this sculpture. The skull and horns were acquired from a licensed dealer, who only uses materials that arise as a by-product of food production or natural causes, and never from endangered or protected species.

Gallery label, December 2020

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