Tracey Emin

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Tracey Emin‘s first Los Angeles solo show, “You Left Me Breathing”, opened at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills on November 2nd. Emin, who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999, is one of the hyped Young British Artists whose work gained notoriety in the mid 1990s. She recently represented Britain at the 2007 Venice Biennale, installing large-scale neon signs and drawings on the walls of the British Pavilion. Emin openly uses her life as her subject matter and her work vacillates between virtuosity and one-liner candor. Paintings, like “Reincarnation III” (2005), explicitly play on the expressive style of Edvard Munch while neon works, like “Very Happy Girl” (1999), are gaudy and blunt. Emin’s expansive oeuvre includes sculpture, drawing, video, photography, and needlework and “You Left Me Breathing” emphasizes her ambiguous, controversial breadth. At Gagosian, Emin’s confessional drawings, including “Family Suite II” (1994), hang alongside her crude, tongue-in-cheek textile assemblages and her flashy neon signs contrast her large, expressionistic paintings. The Gagosian show also features a recent series of delicate jesmonite sculptures that incorporate bronze, bundled wood, cement, and glass.

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