Amidst the holiday parties of last week, I never had the chance to finish my list of Basel favorites. To cap it all off, I wanted to highlight Marc Quinn, whose vibrant floral photographs were featured at the AW Massey Fine Art booth at Overture Art Fair. The colors in the photos below don’t do these images justice – they are so vivid and alive in person it is as if you could reach out and touch the flowers.
Quinn’s sculpture, paintings and drawings often deal with the distanced relationship we have with our bodies, highlighting how the conflict between the ‘natural’ and ‘cultural’ has a grip on the contemporary psyche. Quinn became well known for his series of marble sculptures of amputees, which he created as a way of re-reading the aspirations of Greek and Roman statuary and their depictions of an idealised whole. His Garden series, however, which he began in 2000, focuses instead on incredible botanicals that never decay. These photographs clearly draw upon this series. Quinn has exhibited in many important group and solo exhibitions internationally, and is represented by Mary Boone here in New York.