‘Art Everywhere’ was a charitable project that flooded our streets with great artworks for a whole summer of art voted for by the public.
Across the UK, tens of thousands of posters and billboards saw the nation's favourite British art. Marc Quinn exhibited an image of 'Self' 2006, from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
'Self' was originally conceived by Quinn for a solo show in 1991 and was featured in an exhibition from Charles Saatchi’s collection organised that same year. The self-portrait is made from several pints of the artist's own blood which is cast within a mould of his head and maintained in a refrigeration unit. Quinn makes a new version of 'Self' every five years. Currently in existence are five ’Selfs’ produced in 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. In 2009 an exhibition at The Beyeler Foundation, ‘Selfs, 1991-2006’, brought the first four of these artworks together for the first time.
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