One of the key players in the British art boom of the 1990s, Quinn made his name with Self, a frozen sculpture of his own head, made with ten pints of his blood and exhibited in Saatchi’s renowned 1997 exhibition, Sensation (he now recasts his head at five-year intervals). His fourth plinth marble sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant was hailed as 'one of the most important art works of our time'. He continues to use his own body as a starting point, creating limp, latex versions, bronzes and photographs.
Did you know?
Self allegedly melted when builders creating a kitchen extension for Nigella Lawson (then partner to Saatchi) unplugged its refrigeration unit.
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Christies NYC, 'Myth Venus', 2014
Tate Modern, London, UK
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
MoMA, New York, US
Science Museum, London, UK
Royal Academy, London, UK
Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, CA
Our Blood, New York Public Library, New York, US, 2021
Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, UK, 2017
Marc Quinn: Frozen Waves, Broken Sublimes, Somerset House, London, UK, 2015
The Toxic Sublime, White Cube, Lonodn, UK, 2015
55th Venice Biennale, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, IT, 2013
Marc Quinn, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, IT, 2006
Marc Quinn, Tate, Liverpool, UK, 2002
Alison Lapper Pregnant, Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, UK, 2000