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Matthew Spender
Tribute to Judith, 2008

Starting bid: $50,000

19.7 x 23.6 x 37 in (50 x 60 x 94 cm)

Travertino Persiano limestone, Statuario and Verde Ming marbles

Courtesy of Gualtiero Vanelli

 
lot description

Drawing on Italy’s rich sculptural tradition and proximity of white marble quarries in Carrara to his Tuscan home, Spender works in marble, travertine and wood. His subject matters range from Vespa to human form.


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artist biography

“I’m a direct carver, in that there’s an idea, a drawing, and finally a stone. In the end it’s the stone that tells you what to do” is a quote by Matthew Spender. The son of poet Stephen Spender and concert pianist Natasha Spender, the artist was born in London in 1945. He studied modern history at Oxford University and art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. In 1968, he moved to Italy with his wife and artist Maro Gorky (daughter of renowned painter Arshile Gorky). Spender started his career as a painter but since 1990 has dedicated himself to sculpture. Among his principal collectors are Francis Bacon and Bernardo Bertolucci, who used 47 of Matthew’s sculptures in his film Stealing Beauty. His work has been shown throughout Italy. In 2008, Spender had a major retrospective at the Castello Sforzesco (Milan).

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