Tracey Emin CBE is exhibiting a collection of new works at the Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York. The exhibition is titled Stone Love – a play on the song Soul Love by the late David Bowie (which explores all the facets of love and intimacy, from romantic to familial) and her recent marriage to a stone in a ceremony in the south of France.
Emin said of this body of work, which includes paintings, bronze sculptures, embroidery and her now-famous neon scribbles in her own handwriting which she regards as “missives”, Emin has said: “[It] is about love and the reflection of love; the desire to melt into the image of someone else, the fantasy of love. There are many different kinds of ways of loving, but as humans we are restricted to the purely physical and never have the confidence to leap into other worlds.”
The press release calls Emin a “modern day expressionist”, which seems accurate, following in the footsteps of the likes of Egon Schiel, Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon. It continues, “Together, the paintings, bronze sculptures, neons, embroideries, and works on paper in Stone Love frame Emin as a classical artist on a perennial journey into the self within the context of intimate and personal relationships,” – and through that journey she exorcises the humorous, tragic, blissful and confusing experience of life itself through these various mediums. Here’s hoping the exhibition crosses the pond!