Tracey Emin


Tracey Emin (b.1963) is a British artist best known for her autobiographical artworks. Once considered an "enfant terrible" of the English art world, her work is now confirmed within the canon of art history and feminist art.  She is internationally renowned as a prominent member of the Young British Artists (YBAs).

Emin established her reputation in the mid-90's with works such as "Everyone I Ever Slept With 1963-1995" which consisted of a blue tent with the appliquéd names of every person she'd slept with. Shown at the legendary exhibition Sensation in London, the work provoked significant media criticism. Today it's hailed as one of the most iconic feminist art works of the late twentieth century. 

In 1999, Emin was honoured with a nomination for the prestigious Turner Prize. As part of the nominees' exhibition at the Tate Gallery, she showed the controversial "My Bed". This legendary sculpture/installation featured a bed Emin had stayed in for days after a breakup. The mattress messy and unmade, surrounded by empty cigarette cartons, body fluids, dirty clothes, condoms, and bottles of alcohol.

Today the work is revered for boldly presenting a visceral and intimate visual representation of sexuality and mental health. Like a number of her contemporaries, Emin helped expand and destabilize the definition of sculpture at the end of the 20th century. 

All of Emin's work is deeply personal and instantly recognizable across a variety of mediums. Some of her best known works include Schiele-esque drawings of herself, neon text that appears hand-scrawled, and reoccurring motifs of birds. Rendering herself vulnerable to the viewer, Emin bravely exhibits her most personal lived-experiences like sex, mental health, abortion, violence, and heartbreak.

 "When I Think About Sex" perfectly embodies Emin's aesthetic and subject matter. Sex, the body, and asserting female sexuality are the foundations of Emin's oeuvre, especially present in her drawings. This work revisits Emin's drawing "If I Could Just Go Back and Start Again" from 1995. A nude self-portrait, Emin presents herself as naked and innocent in the Western tradition of nude Eve's in the Garden of Eden. Like the story of Eve, the original title hints to innocence lost and regret. 

Tracey Emin has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including being appointed Commander of the Order of British Empire and becoming one of two female professors ever at the Royal Academy. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. As one of the most lucrative and famous female artists of all time, most major institutions contain Emin works in their permanent collections.

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"When I Think About Sex" 

Britain, 2005

Lithograph printed in colors on wove

Signed and dated in pencil by the artist

From an edition of 1,000

23.4" H 33‚ÄĚW¬†

Very good condition 

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