Monday, 23 May 2011


Yesterday I spent the afternoon exploring the new Tracey Emin exhibition, 'Love is What You Want' at the Hayward Gallery. The work looked amazing in the gallery which is made up of lots of different spaces; the neons were all displayed together in the dark so the colours and words were intensified, there were early drawings and prints in rooms within rooms and films being shown at the bottom of the stairs. In one large space there was everything from the famous applique chair to photographs, copies of the letters Emin sent to established artists asking them to become shareholders in her career and a case of memorablia from 'The Shop' she set up with Sarah Lucas. It was amazing to see 12 of her applique quilts displayed together; arranged in double height rows it was interesting to see how the pieces evolved with time as they became more simple but no less powerful. When you see photos of the quilts it isn't possible to read the small, handwritten areas which are so integral to the pieces. I think I'll have to make at least one more visit to this exhibition over the summer.

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