Marc Quinn and Jake and Dinos Chapman in conversation with Tim Marlow at two events presented by The Art Fund and the National Portrait Gallery

  • 8 October 2009

This winter, independent charity The Art Fund, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, presents two 'Artist in Conversation' events with acclaimed artists Marc Quinn and Jake and Dinos Chapman. The artists will appear in conversation at the National Portrait Gallery with Tim Marlow, art historian, broadcaster and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube.

On 12 November, Marc Quinn will talk to Tim Marlow about his innovative works including Self (2006), recently acquired for, and currently on display at, the National Portrait Gallery with help from a £100,000 grant from The Art Fund. A self-portrait cast of artist Marc Quinn’s head, Self is made from his own blood and then frozen. Fourth in a series of ‘Blood Heads’ which Quinn updates every five years to chart his own ageing, Self encapsulates the artist’s fascination for science and the human form, and his daring use of diverse materials.

Famous for their subversive projects exploring politics, religion and morality, Jake and Dinos Chapman will discuss their work with Tim Marlow on 10 December. Their projects include The Chapman Family Collection (2002) a work highlighting issues of imperialism and globalisation. Acquired for the nation with help from The Art Fund and displayed at Tate Britain’s 2009 Classified exhibition, it features pseudo African artefacts which on closer inspection are covered in McDonald’s logos. In 2008, the artists presented an exhibition at White Cube Mason’s Yard entitled If Hitler Had Been a Hippy How Happy Would We Be, which featured a critically acclaimed re-working of their remorseless, intricate and utterly compelling vision of Hell alongside 13 watercolours by Adolf Hitler which the artists had acquired, amended and subverted.

Director of Exhibitions at White Cube, Tim Marlow also writes and broadcasts on art. Recently, he has presented arts programmes on Sky Arts and Channel 5. From 1991 to 1998 he presented BBC Radio 4‘s Kaleidoscope, for which he won a Sony Award. From 2002 to 2008 he presented the arts programme Culture Shock for the BBC World Service. In 1993 he founded Tate: The Art Magazine, of which he was editor until 2003. Author of various books on artists including Caro, Schiele and Rodin, Marlow has lectured on art in more than 40 countries.

Self by Marc Quinn is on display in Room 38 in the ground floor contemporary displays at the National Portrait Gallery. 

Event details:

Marc Quinn Thursday 12 November, 7pm, National Portrait Gallery

Jake and Dinos Chapman Thursday 10 December, 7pm, National Portrait Gallery

Both events start at 7pm at the National Portrait Gallery. Tickets £8/£6 www.npg.org.uk/events or 020 7306 0055

Limited press tickets available. Please contact Marina Bradbury, mbradbury@artfund.org or 020 7225 4888

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Notes to editors:

The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. It offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections; campaigns on behalf of museums and their visitors; and promotes the enjoyment of art. It is entirely funded from public donations and has 80,000 members. Since 1903 the charity has helped museums and galleries all over the UK secure 860,000 works of art for their collections. Recent achievements include: helping secure Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London in February 2009 with a grant of £1 million; helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; and running the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal which raised over £550,000 to keep Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK. For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit www.artfund.org .

The Art Fund is a Registered Charity No. 209174

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