Tracey Emin | 20 Years

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

The Show

Famously, Tracey Emin’s art is all about Tracey Emin. She experienced a difficult childhood; her teenage years provided the inspiration for much of her later work which is autobiographical and often disturbingly frank.

She studied at the Royal College of Art in London from 1987 to 1989, eventually destroying all her work following a traumatic abortion. She only began working again around 1993, producing confessional letters, and then combining texts with objects and mementos from her youth. These works propelled her to the forefront of the YBA (Young British Artist) scene.

The exhibition looks at the full range of her work, from the rarely seen early work to the iconic My Bed, 1998, and the room-sized installation Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made, 1996. It includes a fabulous range of appliquéd blankets, paintings, sculptures, films, neons, drawings and prints, to provide the most complete view of Emin’s work ever mounted. The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is the only UK venue for the show.

This section of the website allows you to obtain a feel for the exhibition before visiting. Take your time exploring some of the show’s major themes, and enjoy a preview of ten highlighted works.

This show contains works of an explicit nature. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


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