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Tracey Emin

A bold and seductive catalogue capturing for the first time Tracey Emin’s bright and ethereal works in neon. Language and the illumination of honesty have always been central to Tracey Emin’s work in all media, from her drawings to her sculptures, tapestries, films, and paintings–but perhaps no part of her canon quite embodies her trademark style of bold, open, and provocative expression the way her neon works do. Collected here for the first such show in America, Emin’s works in neon are as ethereal as they are striking. The prevalent tones of clean whites and neon pinks soften the signature scrawl of her handwriting, lulling the viewer into calm appreciation even before the pith and wit of her words hit home. Taken individually, the pieces are playful and questioning, confessional and challenging, inviting comparison with other artists such as Ed Ruscha whose work invokes ruminations on the symbolism of language itself. Taken together as a whole, as this exhibition at last presents them, the neon work is a bright and haunting distillation of the themes that are at the very heart of all Emin’s work.

This beautifully illustrated and innovatively designed catalogue presents 140 of Emin’s neon works, introduced by essays from Bonnie Clearwater, Chief Curator at the Miami MOCA, and the artist and writer Gary Indiana.

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