Tracey Emin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 4, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lehmann Maupin, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2014

  • Exhibited

    Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Tracey Emin: Angel Without You, 4 December - 9 March 2014, p. 118 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 119)

  • Literature

    Peter Aspden,'Tracey Emin: The artist on being the toast of Miami', Financial Times, 13 December 2013, online (another example illustrated)
    Justin Jones, 'Tracey Emin Neons Light up MOCA Miami for Art Basel', The Daily Beast, 11 July 2017, online (another example illustrated)
    Johnathan Jones, Tracey Emin: Works 2007 - 2017, New York, 2017, p. 377 (another example illustrated, pp. 102 - 103)

  • 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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Only God Knows I'm Good

green neon
approx. installation dimension 50.8 x 297.7 x 5 cm (20 x 117 1/4 x 1 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2009, this work is number 3 from an edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£35,000 - 55,000 

Sold for £75,600

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 4 March 2022