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Tracey Emin (1963)

Aliases: Tracey Karina Emin

Professions: Installation Artist; Painter

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  • Tracey Emin (B. 1963)

  • Tracey Emin (b. 1963)

Tracey Emin Biography

(b 3 July 1963, London) English conceptual artist. A member of the Young British Artists group, Tracey Emin studied at the Maidstone College of Art in Kent, England. At Maidstone, she met Billy Childish – her future lover and founder of the “Stuckism” art movement. After graduating from Maidstone in 1986, Emin returned to London and receive her MA in painting from the Royal College of Art. In 1993, Emin paired with friend and fellow YBA artist, Sarah Lucas, to open The Shop; where the two worked and sold their art. In 1994 Emin had her first solo exhibition at the White Cube Gallery, London, entitled “My Major Retrospective,” which featured characteristically autobiographical material: photographs of personally destroyed old artworks mixed with artifacts from her private life. From 1995-8, Emin ran her own gallery named “The Tracey Emin Museum” in London. In 1996, Tracey Emin went to Stockholm where for two weeks she locked herself in a secluded space created inside the Galleri Andreas Brändström. Completely naked, Emin would sleep, eat and make her exhibition, while the public could watch through sixteen fish-eye lenses in the walls.* In 1997, what is considered her most iconic work, “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With (1963-95),” was included in Charles Saatchi’s landmark “Sensation” exhibition. Emin was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 1999 for “My Bed”; an installation piece that included a mattress with soiled sheets and personal detritus. Tracey Emin’s work employs a wide range of media: constructions, installations, paintings, drawings, written texts, embroidery, collage, neon signs, photographs and live performance. Her work has been described as self-exploitive, autobiographical, brutally honest and confessional. Tracey Emin lives and works in London. * Credit: Christie’s, London, Contemporary Art, February 8, 2001, Lot 30

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