Tracey Emin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, June 6, 2021 | Phillips

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  • “I realised that I was much better than anything I had ever made. I realised I was the work, I was the essence of my work.” —Tracey Emin


    Tracey Emin
    The artist with her work

     “Neon is emotional for everybody, the neon and argon gases make us feel positive, that’s why you have neon at funfairs, casinos, red-light districts, and bars. It’s also to do with the way it electronically pulsates around the glass, it’s a feel-good factor. Neon can help people who suffer from depression.” —Tracey Emin

    Tracey Emin


    • Provenance

      White Cube, Hong Kong
      Private Collection, Asia
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2019

    • Artist Biography

      Tracey Emin

      British • 1963

      Tracey Emin is a prominent member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), who rose to critical and commercial success in the London art scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Emin is known for the personal, confessional nature of her work, which explores various mediums such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, neon text and found objects. Similar to fellow YBA artist Damien Hirst, Emin’s early work was championed by dealer Charles Saatchi, who exhibited Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 in 1997; the piece was comprised of names appliqued onto a small tent. Two years later, Emin was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Her exhibition My Bed at the Tate Gallery became one of her best-known works, cementing her raw, confrontational style and catapulting her to international fame.

      Born in Croydon, England, Emin currently divides her time between Spitalfields, East London and the south of France. As her career has progressed, she has become increasingly known for creating neon sculptures and editions, which pair neon glass light with her distinctive handwriting.

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I Wanted You

pink neon
142 x 235 cm. (55 7/8 x 92 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2009, this work is artist proof 1 from an edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by White Cube.

Full Cataloguing

HK$1,200,000 - 1,800,000 

Sold for HK$1,260,000

Contact Specialist

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Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021