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    Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963 and grew up in Margate. She studied fine art at Maidstone College of Art, graduating in 1986, and then went on to the Royal College of Art in London. In 1993 with the artist Sarah Lucas she opened The Shop in the East End of London, selling work by both of them. Her first solo exhibition was the following year at White Cube Gallery, London. Believing it would be her last as well as first show, she titled it My Major Retrospective. From 1995-8 she ran her personal gallery in Waterloo Road, the Tracey Emin Museum. Since 1995 she has participated extensively in group exhibitions world wide and has had numerous solo exhibitions including I Need Art Like I Need God at the South London Gallery in 1997, and most recently Sobasex at the Sagacho Exhibition Space, Tokyo, and Every Part of Me's Bleeding at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.

    Tracey Emin's is a confessional art, manifested in a rich variety of media and unprecedented in its frankness and the unsparing nature of her self examination. Her work is frequently highly confrontational, but is redeemed by its honesty, good humour, self-awareness, poetry and ultimate innocence. Although she deals relentlessly with the minutiae of her own life she touches largely on issues that are common to all, not least sexuality, mortality, and the creation of meaning in life. She shares with prominent artists of the past a preoccupation with what it is to be an artist.

    Her work takes the form of mixed media constructions, installations, paintings, drawings, written texts, embroidery collage, live performance, neon signs and photographs. In 1995 she made Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 a work that almost at once became an icon of contemporary British art. Often misunderstood, it is a small tent embroidered on the inside with the names of everyone Emin had literally slept with, including her twin brother in the womb, parents and comatose friends, as well as lovers. Exploration of the Soul 1994, was the first of Emin's published texts, a poetic but frequently harrowing account of her sexual history. In 1996, she made the first of a series of neon pieces described by the critic Neal Brown as 'molten authography [in] pure candyfloss coloured light'. One of the most admired aspects of Emin's practice has always been her drawing, her spare nervous line and her anguished, erotic imagery both having echoes of Egon Schiele and Edvard Munch, two of the artists she most admires.

    Tracey Emin lives and works in London

    cover The Art of Tracey Emin

    The career of Tracey Emin, one of the best-known contemporary British artists, has become a potent symbol of the relationship between art and celebrity in our time. When it was exhibited in London at the Tate in 1999, her now notorious installation "My Bed" was denounced by conservative critics as a national scandal, but this and her other work have continued to attract ever larger audiences. Whether storming drunkenly out of live television debates, talking tearfully about her abortions, or modeling evening gowns for Vivienne Westwood, Tracey Emin makes headlines. Yet if Emin is now universally recognized as a media phenomenon, her work has also begun to attract serious critical attention.

    In The Art of Tracey Emin, distinguished critics from Britain and the United States address her achievement in depth for the first time, tracing Emin's influences from Egon Schiele to Judy Chicago and establishing her place in a larger tradition of postmodern and feminist art. Adopting a variety of critical approaches, contributors explore the full range of Emin's work, from photography and monoprints to installation art and videos, showing that, however raw and personal it may seem to be, it actually represents a carefully meditated response to vital issues in contemporary culture and society. 50 illustrations.



    Born, London


    Maidstone College of Art (Bachelor of Fine Art)


    Royal College of Art



    Menphis, Counter Gallery, London Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia


    This is Another Place, Modern Art Oxford Ten Years. Tracey Emin, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
    I Think it's in my head, Lehmann Laupin Gallery, New York
    Tracey Emin, Haus der Kunst, München


    Tracey Emin. You forgot to kiss my soul, White Cube², London


    Love is a Strange Thing, Fig.1, London
    What Do You Know About Love, Galerie Gebauer, Berlin


    Tracey Emin Every Part of Me's Bleeding, Lehmann Maupin, New York


    Sobasex (My Cunt is Wet with Fear), Sagacho Exhibition Space, Tokyo Pandaemonium, London Electronic Arts Gallery, London
    Tracey Emin, Galerie Gebauer, Berlin
    I Need Art Like I Need God, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen
    Tracey Emin, Galerie Philippe Rizzo, Paris


    Solo Exhibition, Moo Gallery, Helsinki
    I Need Art Like I Need God, South London Gallery, London
    Istanbul Biennial, Pera Palace Hotel, Turkey (performance)


    It's not me that's crying, it's my soul, Galerie Mot & Van den Boogaard, Brussels
    The Aggression of Beauty, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin
    Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made, Galleri Andreas Brändström, Stockholm
    Solo Exhibition, Habitat, London


    Tracey Emin Museum, 221 Waterloo Road, London SE1 (closed 1998)


    My Major Retrospective, White Cube, London Exploration of the Soul - Journey Across America, Readings at the following locations: Rena Bransten, San Francisco; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; David Klein Gallery, Detroit; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; Sandra Gering Gallery, New York; White Columns, New York Art Cologne, Sponsored Artist, White Cube, Cologne


    The Shop, 103 Bethnal Green Road, London (with Sarah Lucas)
    From Army to Armani, Analix Gallery, Geneva (with Sarah Lucas)



    Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome Social Strategies. Redefining Social Realism, DePauw University, Greencastle

    Flexible 4: Identities, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

    Fast Forward - Media Art, ZKM, Karlsruhe

    FRESH: Conteporary British Artists in Print, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh

    Game Over, Grimm Rosenfeld, Munich

    Just Love Me: Post-Feministic Art of the 1990s, Bergen Art Museum, Bergen Independence, South London Gallery, London

    The Happy Couple, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

    II Racconto del Filo, Museo di Arte Moderna, Trento Europe Exists, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki

    Let's See the Nature in You, Pepperton Gallery, London

    Tactics of the Ego, Stiftung wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg Social Strategies, Redefining Social Realism, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara

    micro / macro, The Budapest Kunsthalle, Budapest

    Words from the Arts Council Collection, The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston


    Public Affairs. Von Beuys bis Zittel: Das Offentliche in der Kunst, Kunsthaus Zurich

    Die Wohltat der Kunst: Post\Feministische Positionen der neunziger Jahre aus der Sammlung Goetz, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

    Face Off, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

    Rapture: Art's Seduction by Fashion Since 1970, Barbican Gallery, London
    The Ink Jetty. Neon Gallery, London

    The Glory of God: New Religiuos Art. St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool

    Disturb. 1st Public School of Hydra, Hydra, Greece

    Fusion Cuisine. Deste Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

    Landscape, Saatchi Gallery, London

    In the Freud Museum, Freud Museum, London


    Read-Only Memory, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry

    In Formation, Percy Miller Gallery, London

    Insider Trading: profit without honour, Mandeville Hotel, London

    Televisions, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

    Video Project Space, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

    For the love of dog, Pump House Gallery, London

    At Sea, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

    Tattoo Show, Modern Art, London

    Freestyle. Werke Aus der Sammlung Boros, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen Summer Exhibition 2001, Royal Academy of Arts, London

    Century City, Tate Modern, London


    Drawings, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv
    Nurture and Desire (in Aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer), Hayward Gallery, London

    Sex and the British: Slap & Tickle - A perspective on the sexual content of British Art since the 1960s, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg; Galerie Thadaeus Ropac, Paris

    Gut Aufgelegt, Kunsthaus, Hamburg

    Drawings, Taché-Levy Gallery, Brussels

    Potent Present. Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection, Logan Galleries, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco

    ManMoMa. A Thick Bloke Kicking a Dog to Death, The International 3 Summer Fête, Fairfield, Manchester

    From Face to Face. Mimics-Gestures-Emotions, Stästisches Museum Leverkusen, Germany
    Out There, White Cube2, Hoxton Square, London

    Art in Sacred Spaces, St. Mary's Church, Islington, London

    The British Art Show 5, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (National Touring Exhibitions)

    Diary, Cornerhouse, Manchester


    Hundstage, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen

    Imagen em Movimento. Moving Image, Chiva

    [S]ynergies Art, São Paulo

    Art Lovers, The Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Compton House, Liverpool
    Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London

    Sensation, Young British Artists, Brooklyn Museum, New York

    Now It's My Turn to Scream. Works by Contemporary British Artists from the Logan Collection, Haines Gallery, San Francisco

    Self Evident, Vaknin Schwartz, Atlanta

    Temple of Diana, The Blue Gallery, London (Curated by Neal Brown)

    Sweetie, The British School at Rome, Rome

    Video Festival, Riccione TTV, Palazzo del Turismo, Riccione, Italy


    10 SupaStore Supastars, SupaStore at Tomato, London

    Made in London. An exhibition of works by London based artists made in the 1990s, Museu de Electricidade, Lisboa

    UK Maximum Diversity, Galerie Krinzinger, Benger Fabrik Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria

    The Colony Room 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition, A22 Projects, London

    Hidden Desires And Images, Art Dynamics, Tayayo Lida, Tokyo

    Emotion. Young British and American Art from the Goetz Collection, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

    Personal Effects, Spacex Gallery, Exeter; Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

    Dream Catchers, Montreal Biennial, Canada

    Loose Threads, Serpentine Gallery, London

    Life is a Bitch, De Appel, Amsterdam

    La Biennale de Montreal, Centre International D'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec

    Sam Taylor-Wood, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Marc Quinn, Galerija Dante Marino Cettina, Croatia

    Live and Let Die Apex Art C.P., New York

    Beach Life, Upper Street, London (one day event)

    Real Life, Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome

    The Human Factor, Achenbach Kunsthandel, Düsseldorf

    English Rose in Japan, Ginza Art Museum Shisedo, Tokyo

    Art from the UK : Angela Bulloch, Willie Doherty, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Sam Taylor-Wood, Sammlung Goetz, Munich


    Ca-Ca Poo-Poo, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

    History. Image-based work in Britain in the late 20th Century, The Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston Upon Hull (and UK tour)

    Craft, Richard Salmon, London

    Real Art for Real Women. Oil of Ulay, ICA, London

    Absolute Secret, Royal College of Art, London

    Private Face. Urban Space, Old Gasworks, Athens; Rethymnon Centre for Contemporary Art

    Kunst..Arbeit, 1st Presentation of the Bnks Collection, Südwest LB, Stuttgart

    Tales from the City, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

    Sensation, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 1998-99

    between the devil and the deep (blue) sea, MUU Gallery, Helsinki

    Package Holiday, Hydra Workshops, Hydra, Greece

    Time Out, Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Germany

    Summer Love, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York

    Urban Legends, Baden Baden, Germany

    Dissolution, Laurent Delaye Gallery, London

    Such is Life, (Video programme), Serpentine Gallery Bookshop, London; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

    Hyperenmsiac Fabulations, The Power Plant,Toronto (with Georgina Starr & Jane and Louise Wilson)

    Slight, Norwich Gallery, Norwich; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


    Full House, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
    Sad, Gasworks, London

    Life / Live, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centro de Exposições do Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon (curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist)

    The Aggression of Beauty, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin

    Yerself is Steam, 85 Charlotte St. , London

    A Grapefruit in the World Park, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (with Ono, Dean and Heilmann)

    Other Men's Flowers, Aurel Scheibler, Köln; The British School at Rome, Rome

    Faustrecht der Freiheit (Volkmann Collection), Kunstsammlung Gera, Berlin; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen

    Co-operators, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (with Sarah Lucas)
    Loosy, Galerie Philippe Rizzo, Paris


    Brilliant : New Art from London, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

    Brill : Works on Paper by Brilliant Artists, Montgomery Glasgow Fine Art, Minneapolis
    Mysterium Alltag, Kampnagel, Hamburg (with Tacita Dean, Gillian Wearing and Jane & Louise Wilson)

    Minky Manky, South London Gallery, London; Arnolfini, Bristol (curated by Carl Freedman)

    Art for Aids, Gallerie Nicoli Walner, Copenhagen

    I Confess, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen

    Whistling Women, Chelsea Room, Royal Festival Hall, London (organised by Sarah Kent)

    The Friendly Village, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee

    Other Men's Flowers, IceBox, Athens


    Gramercy Park Hotel, Art Fair, New York
    Karaoke & Football, Portikus, Frankfurt

    Other Men's Flowers, Joshua Compston/London Portfolio, London


    Hotel Carlton Palace Chambre 763, Hotel Carlton Palace, Paris (curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist)


    The Phone Box, Various venues, London and Liverpool

    Awards 1997 International Award for Video Art, Baden-Baden Video Art Prize, Südwest Bank, Stuggart

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