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Tracey Emin

Since the early ‘90s, Tracey Emin has produced a body of work that encompasses all forms of artistic expression, including painting, print-making, drawing, film, photography, installations, appliqué, sculpture and neon text. Emin’s highly autobiographical nature of her work set it apart from the general artistic trends of the 1980s and 1990s. The artist is well known for her frank, confessional style and for transforming her inner emotional and psychological world—personal experiences, memories and feelings—into art that is both intimate yet profoundly universal. Emin’s art has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse.

Tracey Emin (b. 1963, London) lives and works in between London, Margate and the South of France. In 2007, Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2011, she became the Royal Academy's Professor of Drawing, and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts. In 2023, Emin was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create The Doors (2023), resulting in 45 female portraits cast in bronze that cover the gallery's three new entrance doors.

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  • In Conversation with Kenny Schachter

    On the occasion of Detail of Love (2020)

  • Tracey Emin

    Exhibition walkthrough of The Memory of your Touch (2017)