© Marc Quinn. Photo: Marc Quinn studio. Courtesy: Marc Quinn studio
Marc Quinn ('Self')
by Marc Quinn
blood (artist's), liquid silicone, stainless steel, glass, perspex and refrigeration equipment, 2006
80 3/4 in. x 25 5/8 in. 25 5/8 in. (2050 mm x 650 mm x 650mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, the Henry Moore Foundation, Terry and Jean de Gunzburg and ProjectB Contemporary Art, 2009
- Marc Quinn (1964-), Artist. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.
- Marc Quinn (1964-), Artist. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This self-portrait is cast with eight pints of Quinn's frozen blood. Described by the artist as a 'frozen moment on lifesupport', the work is carefully maintained in a refrigeration unit, reminding the viewer of the fragility of existence. The blood is pasteurised, but its appearance does change slightly during the sculpture's installation. The artist makes a new version of Self every five years, each of which documents Quinn's own physical transformation and deterioration. The first version of Self was made in 1991 and featured in Sensation, an exhibition of work from the collection of Charles Saatchi, held at the Royal Academy in the same year.
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 59
- Howgate, Sarah; Nairne, Sandy, A Guide to Contemporary Portraits, 2009, p. 41
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 217
The Loans for Peerages affair erupts after four businessmen who gave unpublished loans to the Labour Party are nominated for peerages. The scandal revealed a legal loophole: while political parties must declare all large donations, they were not required to declare loans. This led the Police to investigate whether the parties had broken the 1925 Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act, and to Lord Levy and Tony Blair.
Art and science
A year of blockbuster exhibitions including Modernism
at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a Surrealism exhibition at the Haywood Gallery, Michaelangelo Drawings
at the British Museum
at the National Gallery, Rodin
at the Royal Academy, Holbein
at Tate Britain, and David Hockney Portraits
at the National Portrait Gallery.
Following the kidnapping of two Israeli Soldiers by Lebanese Hezbollah militants, Israel launches a heavy artillery attack and ground invasion on Lebanon. In response Hezbollah launched rockets into northern Israel and engaged the Israeli Defence Forces in guerrilla warfare. The conflict ended after claiming over 1500 lives - mostly Lebanese civilians - with a UN resolution calling for Hezbollah's disarmament and Israel's withdrawal of troops from Lebanon.