Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Tracey Emin - White Cube

Tracey Emin, Nude awakening: 'Good Red Love', 2014
Tracey Emin: The Last Great Adventure is You is at White Cube (Bermondsey) until 16 November 2014.
Three years on from her retrospective at the Hayward (2011) Tracey Emin is showing an ambitious and substantial body of new work in White Cube's vast Bermondsey spaces. The show includes bronze sculptures, drawings, paintings, large-scale embroideries and neon works and is, in her own words, "about rites of passage, of time and age, and the simple realisation that we are always alone."
Reviews have been (generally) very positive, although Jonathan Jones' five star notice in The Guardian is perhaps a little gushing: "a lesson in how to be a real artist… [Emin] is now clearly the most important British artist of her generation." On the matter of technique, he observes:
"Drawing is a cruel art. Like any skilled medium with a long history, it imposes rules, traditions and standards that an artist cannot simply ignore. To make a drawing is to try to get something right, just as much as playing a piece of music is.
In short, you can either draw or you can’t draw.
Tracey Emin can." (Discuss!)
Read reviews by Jones, Karen Wright, Alastair Sooke, Laura Cumming, J.J. Charlesworth and Ben Luke; read interviews and features by Rachel Cooke, Chris Harvey, Margaret Harrison and Suzanne Moore; read Emin's responses to questions in a webchat.
Tracey Emin, I Want You Because I Can’t Have You, 2014

Tracey Emin, Good Body, 2014

Tracey Emin, So Pretty, 2014
Tracey Emin,  Feel You Coming, 2014
Tracey Emin, The Last Great Adventure is you, 2014

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