Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin : Love is What You Want

By (author) Cliff Lauson , By (author) Michael Corris , By (author) Ralph Rugoff , By (author) Jennifer Doyle , By (author) Ali Smith


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Since she first emerged in the early 1990s as a member of a generation later tagged "the Young British Artists," Tracey Emin (born 1963) has made art that takes as its starting point the most harrowing and intimate details of her personal history. Published for a major exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London, "Tracey Emin: Love Is What You Want" brings together suites of works from across the artist's career, spotlighting her achievements in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, drawing, painting, text-based works, photographs, video and performance. Sometimes confrontational or sexually provocative, Emin's art resonates with the "personal is political" legacy of feminist art, while simultaneously speaking to relationships in general, as well as exploring spirituality, cultural identity, class and celebrity. Disarmingly frank and often deeply confessional, Emin's art is also animated by her playful and ironic wit, as this new survey monograph indicates.

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 244 x 244 x 20mm | 1,161.19g
  • 31 Aug 2011
  • Hayward Gallery Publishing
  • London
  • English
  • 140
  • 1853322938
  • 9781853322938
  • 608,524

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Cliff Lauson is Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London. Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. Her first book, Free Love and Other Stories (1995), won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award. Ali Smith is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to journals and newspapers including The Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. Jennifer Doyle is the author of 'Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire' (2006). Also contributes to Frieze and The Guardian. Michael Corris is Professor of Art and Chair of the Division of Art at SMU, Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Conceptual art group 'Art & Language' in New York in the 1970s, and is editor of 'Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth, and Practice' (2003), and author (with David Diao) of 'David Diao: Works 1969-2005' (2006). Ralph Rugoff is Director, Hayward Gallery, London.

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Tracey Emin has become the star of her own soap opera, says a reluctantly admiring Richard Dorment . Rating: * * * * (The Telegraph) Emin's life work shows just why she's the queen of Britart, if not of grammar. (The Independent) ... it is easily the best show Emin has had, at least in terms of presentation. Expertly curated by Ralph Rugoff and Cliff Lauson, it matches the melodrama of her art with a fully theatrical installation. (The Guardian)

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