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  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Tracey Emin is an avenging angel, swiping at both high-art pretensions and mass culture. Her background is not about money or privilege; she makes the work because she loves to do it, and it’s a love affair she wants to share. For her, art is at the centre of things, not in the lost world of academies and connoisseurship, nor is it an enemy of the people. For Tracey, art belongs. All she asks is that you get involved – be part of it, not outside it. It has to be her and her work, because Emin doesn’t separate the two. The importance of this cannot be underestimated; at a time when we are drowning in reality TV and live confessionals, when everything in life is about display, Emin had managed to turn the popular agenda into a new kind of cultural challenge. Why do we make so many separations in our lives? Do we insist on reality and confession because we have lost the capacity to imagine and invent? Emin is able to imagine and invent within the context of her own life. By refusing all her own separations, she questions ours. By refusing to disentangle art and life, by fusing her autobiography with her artistry, Emin creates a world where personal truth-telling moves beyond the me-culture and into collective catharsis.”
    (Jeanette Winterson, from her introduction to P. Miles and H. Luard, eds., Tracey Emin: Works 1963–2006, New York, 2006, p. 6)

  • 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 promise to love you

Clear red neon.
145.8 x 143 cm. (57 x 56 in).
This work is from an edition of three plus two artist’s proofs and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £85,250

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010