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Mark Quinn (B. 1964)
Mark Quinn (B. 1964)

Doctor Pangloss

Details
Mark Quinn (B. 1964)
Doctor Pangloss
baked dough, cast in bronze
35in. (89cm.)
Executed in 1990
Literature
S. Kent & J. Blyth, "Shark Infested Waters - The Saatchi Collection of British Art in the 90s", London 1994, p. 210 (illustrated in colour).
"Marc Quinn Incarnate", London 1998, no 5 (illustrated in colour).
Exhibited
London, The Saatchi Gallery, "Young British Artists II", Feb.-July 1993.

Lot Essay

"Quinn's bust of 'Louis XVI' and 'Marie Antoinette', and of 'Dr. Pangloss' (a character from 'Candide'), rather than modelled in clay, was made from bread dough and subsequently baked. With each of these works, the changes the dough undergoes as it is baked distances the artists from the final outcome. The sculptures enter the world as living things growing and displaying themselves quite autonomously, with their creator relegated to a back seat, another spectator of the artwork." (D. Thorp, 'A Universe of Opposites', in: 'Marc Quinn Incarnate', London 1998, unpaged.)
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