The Toxic Sublime is Marc Quinn’s first exhibition at White Cube London since 2010, and is the culmination of two years of investigation into natural phenomena and our distanced and complex relationship with the environment. Pieces from The Toxic Sublime series feature distorted, three-dimensional seascapes that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. They begin with an inherently contradictory artistic gesture whereby Quinn submits a photograph on canvas of a sunrise to a process of aggressive alteration. Alongside the artist’s paintings, a new series of sculptures, minimal arcs in stainless steel, including one measuring over 7m long, form part of a body of work titled Frozen Waves. These primal, gestural shapes originate from the remnants of shells, eroded by the endless action of the waves.
Marc Quinn, The Toxic Sublime, White Cube, London
Top 10 Exhibitions in 2014
2014 has been a great year for contemporary art exhibitions. The huge range of practices on display demonstrates the variety of artistic approaches being developed across the world. From Martin Creed to Annette Messager, all of the artists listed here demonstrate both skill and thought.
Barbara Kruger: Early Works, Skarstedt London
Presenting large-scale works from the 1980s, this exhibition surveys the beginning stages of influential American artist Barbara Kruger. Her black and white images are overlaid with bold captions.