Author(s): CORRIS MICHAEL
Tracey Emin (b. 1963) is one of Great Britain's best-known and most controversial artists. Published to accompany the first major survey exhibition of her work at a public gallery in London since her rise to prominence in the 1990s, this book brings together suites of works from across the artist's career emphasising the diversity of her dynamic practice. It spotlights her achievements in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, drawing, painting, text-based works, photographs, video and performance. Since she first emerged in the early 1990s, Emin has made art that takes as its starting point the most harrowing and intimate details of her personal history. Sometimes confrontational or sexually provocative, her art resonates with the 'personal political' legacy of feminist art while at the same time speaking to relationships in general, as well as exploring spirituality, cultural identity, class and celebrity. Disarmingly frank and often deeply confessional, much of Emin's art is also animated by her playful and ironic wit. The book is conceived and produced in close collaboration with the artist and designed by Graphic Thought Facility, London
Tracey Emin has become the star of her own soap opera, says a reluctantly admiring Richard Dorment . Rating: * * * * (The Telegraph) Emin's life work shows just why she's the queen of Britart, if not of grammar. (The Independent) ... it is easily the best show Emin has had, at least in terms of presentation. Expertly curated by Ralph Rugoff and Cliff Lauson, it matches the melodrama of her art with a fully theatrical installation. (The Guardian)
Cliff Lauson is Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London. Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. Her first book, Free Love and Other Stories (1995), won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award. Ali Smith is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to journals and newspapers including The Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. Jennifer Doyle is the author of 'Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire' (2006). Also contributes to Frieze and The Guardian. Michael Corris is Professor of Art and Chair of the Division of Art at SMU, Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Conceptual art group 'Art & Language' in New York in the 1970s, and is editor of 'Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth, and Practice' (2003), and author (with David Diao) of 'David Diao: Works 1969-2005' (2006). Ralph Rugoff is Director, Hayward Gallery, London.