Tracey Emin - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Nothing is out of bounds with Tracey Emin because the artist is merely telling stories about herself. In her work emotions are simple, and direct. She reconstructs her rocky childhood, weaves the memories of young sexual adventures and displays the glorious triumph of being. Fragile yet strong, the once enfant-terrible foreshadows much desired love and faith with pain, suffering and confession.
    Carl Freedman: Some of your neon works are like dystopic sex shop signs… It’s like they are advertising something that’s not quite right. It’s not as it should be.
    Tracey: Neon always has that seedy connection, but then I think it’s sexy too. It’s spangly, it’s pulsating. It’s out there, it’s vibrant. In Margate I grew up with neon in the cafes, the bars and the nightclubs, and all along the Golden Mile of amusement arcades. For me it’s always had a beautiful allure.
    C. Freedman, “Tracey Emin in conversation with Carl Freedman: Turn of the Screw,” Tracey Emin, New York, 2006, p. 328

  • 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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Her soft lips touched mine and every thing became hard

39 1/4 x 84 1/8 in. (99.7 x 213.8 cm).
This work is from an edition of three.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $86,500

Contemporary Art Part I

12 Nov 2009
New York