Tracey Emin - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Suffolk, UK

  • Exhibited

    London, Hayward Gallery, Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want, 18 May – 29 August 2011

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I need art like I need God.” Tracey Emin
    Tracey Emin uses neon light to illuminate emotions, memories,
    feelings and ideas in graphic messages. While neon has its sleazy
    connotations, Emin finds it sexy: “It’s spangly, it’s pulsating. It’s out
    there, it’s vibrant”. Translating handwriting into blown and bent neon
    tubing presents a crucial shift of context. This work was one of Emin’s
    first neon works and for her retrospective at the Hayward Gallery,
    London in 2011, the present lot was prominently displayed on the
    façade of the gallery walls.

  • 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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Be Faithful to Your Dreams

blue neon on Plexiglas
40.5 x 223.5 x 7.5 cm (15 7/8 x 87 7/8 x 2 7/8 in)
This work is from an edition of three plus two artist’s proofs.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £43,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

11 October 2012