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Marc Quinn

British, b. 1964

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Marc Quinn

British, b. 1964

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Biography

Young British Artist Marc Quinn creates provocative sculptural portraits composed of organic materials, such as in his ongoing series of “Blood Head” self portraits, in which a cast of his head is made with over nine pints of his own frozen blood. Quinn also fabricates sculptures using more traditional media such as bronze, often depicting contorted bodies or people with unusual physical characteristics—amputees, or those who have undergone sex-change surgery. Quinn has also examined the implications of genetic modification and scientific advancement. His 2001 work DNA Garden features the DNA of 75 plant species and two humans, re-staging the conditions of the Garden of Eden through scientific means.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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High auction record
$1m, Christie's, 2014
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Solo show at a major institution
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Included in a major biennial
Gwangju Biennale
Biography

Young British Artist Marc Quinn creates provocative sculptural portraits composed of organic materials, such as in his ongoing series of “Blood Head” self portraits, in which a cast of his head is made with over nine pints of his own frozen blood. Quinn also fabricates sculptures using more traditional media such as bronze, often depicting contorted bodies or people with unusual physical characteristics—amputees, or those who have undergone sex-change surgery. Quinn has also examined the implications of genetic modification and scientific advancement. His 2001 work DNA Garden features the DNA of 75 plant species and two humans, re-staging the conditions of the Garden of Eden through scientific means.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$1m, Christie's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Gwangju Biennale
Shows Featuring Marc Quinn
Articles Featuring Marc Quinn
Amid Controversy, the Whitney Biennial Plays It Safe
May 14th, 2019
Amid Controversy, the Whitney Biennial Plays It Safe
Marc Quinn’s “Frozen Garden” Brings Snowflakes into the Spring Art Season
Apr 27th, 2015
Marc Quinn’s “Frozen Garden” Brings Snowflakes into the Spring Art Season
Galerie Thomas At 50 Years: An Interview with Founder Raimund Thomas
Oct 2nd, 2014
Galerie Thomas At 50 Years: An Interview with Founder Raimund Thomas
Gary Hume and the Intertwined Histories of YBAs and White Cube
Aug 6th, 2014
Gary Hume and the Intertwined Histories of YBAs and White Cube
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