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Blood and bones: The cult of Marina Abramovic

The performance artist has starved and cut herself for her art, but can she survive celebrity?

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Marina Abramovi? in The Biography Remix, 2004: “Her critics acuse her work of being exhibitionist and narcissistic. That is to miss the point.” © Anne Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

It takes a particular skill to turn a mineral tablet into a feast, but that’s exactly what Marina Abramovi? manages as I sit across from her in her New York City office. “It’s so good. This is a chocolate taste. Mmm,” she says in her plangent Slavic accent.

In preparation for her summer exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery, she is…

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