The Most Important Artists of 2013 (So Far)

21. Marc Quinn

Exhibitions: Planet sculpture installed in Singapore's Gardens by the Bay (installed January 18, 2013), The Way of All Flesh and Alison Lapper Pregnant unveiled at the Venice Biennale (June 1 - November 24, 2013)

In January, Marc Quinn installed a giant sculpture of a baby in Singapore called Planet. The sculpture, made of heavy metal, appeared to be floating. Planet was only eclipsed by Quinn's monumental work at the Venice Biennale, an inflatable version of his controversial 2005 sculpture of disabled woman Alison Lapper during her pregnancy. The original work was formed from carved marble and sat in London's Trafalgar Square.

In Venice, Alison Lapper appeared as a giant balloon. An apparent fan of pregnant women (and models-Quinn's gold sculpture of Kate Moss contorted in a yoga pose sold for $900,000 in 2011), the artist exhibited a giant portrait of model Lara Stone very nude and very pregnant posing against a striking background of raw meat. In June, Quinn also collaborated with Bamford Watch Department, creating watch faces that looked like giant eyes superimposed on maps of the world. -Leigh Silver

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