A solo exhibition by Marc Quinn entitled Marc Quinn: History & Chaos premiered at The Goss-Michael Foundation
on Monday, March 18 and run through Friday, May 24. The Foundation was established in 2007 by the late music icon George Michael and his then partner, Kenny Goss.
The Goss-Michael Foundation exhibition is presenting a curated selection of Marc Quinns newest work. Art in the show is for sale with a portion of the sales going to the educational programming at the Foundation.
Its a presentation of the History Paintings; plus, my recent Chaos Paintings which are an evolution of the History Paintings. I guess theyre about how the news cycle is populating our minds. About how we see these things happening all over the world, and how we live with them as this kind of virtual reality of news becomes our reality. And about how overwhelming it all is, Marc Quinn commented.
I hope these images crystallize something into a moment or an image that when you freeze it the right way, you then have an image that unpacks its trick. Underneath, there is a news image but then the paint is so thick that it becomes this kind of madness, added Marc Quinn.
The show is also a celebration of the selection of Marc Quinn as the Honoree at MTV RE:DEFINE 2019, which will be held on Friday, March 29, at The Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas. The artist has generously donated two artworks produced exclusively for MTV RE:DEFINE: an immense 1400 kg (3086.47 pound) glassbeaded bronze sculpture and an oil on canvas painting.
The donated painting is on display and is representative of the exhibition at The Goss-Michael Foundation:
History Painting (Chaos) Venezuela Opposition Protest (Caracas 3 May 2017) RWCBOY, 2019 Oil on canvas 110h x 170w cm
Marc Quinn has been a longtime friend of mine and I have been a fan and collector for many years. When we selected Marc as the Honoree at MTV RE:DEFINE 2019, it was a natural to also showcase his newest works at The Goss-Michael Foundation, said Kenny Goss, co-founder, The Goss-Michael Foundation.
Marc Quinn (British, born 1964) is a leading contemporary artist. He first came to prominence in the early 1990s, when he and several peers redefined what it was to make and experience contemporary art. Marc Quinn makes art about what it is to be a person living in the world whether it concerns Mans relationship with nature and how that is mediated by human desire; or what identity and beauty mean and why people are compelled to transform theirs; or representing current, social history in his work. His work also connects frequently and meaningfully with art history, from Modern masters right back to antiquity.
Quinn came to prominence in 1991 with his sculpture Self (1991), a cast of the artists head, made entirely of his blood, which is frozen and kept at sub-zero temperatures by its own refrigerated display unit. It is the purest form of self-portrait (being of the artist - both in appearance and material) but also a comment on Mans need for infrastructure, as the sculpture is kept alive only by a mains electricity supply. This symbolism can be substituted for other forms of dependence, not least addiction - something the artist experienced early in his career.
He has recently announced a major public artwork in aid of refugees, which is gaining international attention. Opening in October 2019 on the steps of the New York Public Library, Our Blood is a notfor-profit artwork by Marc, from blood donated by more than 5,000 people with half of these volunteers being refugees. Our Blood is made with refugees and to help refugees: it is created to heighten awareness of the global refugee crisis and to raise millions of dollars for those whose lives are affected by it.