Tracey Emin - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, June 6, 2024 | Phillips
  • Kate Moss has been conferred by audiences as both a feted standard of ethereal beauty and a rebellious, rockstar icon. Entering the spotlight at a modest five-foot seven inches, it is her subversive and category-defying nature that captivates photographers, fashion designers and artists alike. Described by Marc Quinn as a “cultural hallucination… the only person that has the ubiquity and silence that is required in an image of divinity”, it is exactly this paradoxical allure – accessible yet mysterious – that offers Moss as a generational muse.


    Moss herself acknowledges her chameleon-like adaptability, attributing her tabloid success to her ability to conform to various demands, be it agelessness in a skincare commercial, or sex appeal for a lingerie campaign. In 1998 she candidly reflected on the melancholy of being reduced to a mere advertising image, lamenting, "I just see myself as an image of what someone's trying to advertise, and that's sad."

    “I love collaborating with artists… they capture from the outside what you feel inwards.”
    —Kate Moss

    However, amidst the relentless commercialisation, Moss finds solace in genuine, enduring friendships with artists like Banksy, Tracey Emin, and Lucian Freud. Artists can see through the glamorous exterior and understand Moss on a deeper level, unlike the incessant glare of the media and the voracious appetite of blinking cameras. They peel back the layers that make a person who they really are. In response to working with Chris Levine, Moss explains, “I love collaborating with artists… they capture from the outside what you feel inwards.” A stark contrast from her earlier confession to being reduced to a promiscuously mass-marketed object, Moss sees her representation within contemporary art as a reflection of her true nature.

    • Literature

      ars publicata, Tracey Emin Editions, 2006.03


Kate Moss 2000

Polymer-gravure etching, on Zerkall paper, with full margins.
I. 23 x 39.5 cm (9 x 15 1/2 in.)
S. 40.6 x 58.4 cm (15 7/8 x 22 7/8 in.)

Signed, titled and numbered 59/250 in pencil (there were also 42 artist's proofs), published by White Cube, London, framed.

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