‘No Visible Means of Escape IV’, Marc Quinn, 1996 | Tate
Artwork page for ‘No Visible Means of Escape IV’, Marc Quinn, 1996 Like Antony Gormley, Mark Quinn uses his own body in the making of his art. No Visible Means of Escape is a hollow polyurethane rubber cast of Quinn's naked body, split up to the neck. The cast is suspended from a rope tied around the feet. Quinn describes it as 'an extreme moment of transformation, a violent shedding of the skin'.
Self, like many other pieces by the YBAs, was bought by Charles Saatchi (in 1991 for a reputed £13,000). The press reported in 2002 that the sculpture had been destroyed by builders employed to expand the kitchen for Saatchi's partner, the celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, when they unplugged the freezer in which it was being stored (it has to be kept at -12C/10F). This would seem to have been unfounded, however, as the piece was exhibited intact by Saatchi when he opened his new gallery in…
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