Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin (b. 1963) was born in Croydon in UK. She is a Cypriot English artist and currently lives and works in London. She is part of the group known as YBA or Young British Artists. Emin makes work in a wide range of media including painting, drawing, film, photography, sewn appliqué, sculpture and neon text. Her art is primarily expressionistic, a cypher for memories and emotions that can be frank and poetic, intimate and universal. She explores ideas of self-portraiture and narrative disclosure, both intimately bound up with her own biography. In 1999, she was a Turner Prize nominee, and exhibited My Bed, an installation consisting of her own unmade dirty bed with used condoms and blood-stained underwear. In 2010, she collaborated with Louise Bourgeois on a suite of works on paper. Emin has been the focus of exhibitions internationally at venues such at Lehmann Maupin, New York, US (2013), MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012), White Cube, São Paulo, Brazil (2012), Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2012), Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2011), Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2010), Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2009) and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK (2008). Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Last updated: 07.03.2015


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