Artatomical: Marc Quinn's Frozen Head of Blood


Marc Quinn, Self 2001 Boumbang

Here's another example of biologically-charged art sure to sicken and/or outrage a portion of readers.

Back in 1991, British artist Marc Quinn made quite the splash in the art world by casting a self-portrait bust in his own frozen blood. He had repeated the process every five years since then, each "artwork on life support" requiring 9.5 pints of blood drawn over a five-month period.

You'll find the other "Self" 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 right here on Quinn's website. He doesn't have 2011 on there. You've have to go here to see it.


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