Tracey Emin | 20 Years

  • 2nd August − 9th November 2008 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | £6 (£4)


Sex is the dominant theme in Emin’s work – and it is often a violent sex. This is not a new interest for her: her teenage diaries (which she has exhibited) detail her sexual exploits.

The exhibition features a group of recent paintings on the theme of sex. Although sex has been a dominant theme in western painting and sculpture for centuries, it has been a voyeuristic but ‘decent’ form of sex, presented in the guise of the female nude acting out scenes from classical literature; also, these works have been created by male artists. Emin’s paintings strip away all the finery to concentrate on sex pure and simple.


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