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Tracey Emin (British, b.1963)
LOT ID: 79818
Fighting for Love, 1998

Offset lithograph, xerox of handwritten text on pale green paper
11.75 х 8.25 in. (29.84 x 20.96 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered, lower recto.
Edition 105/300
Lot description
The sexually charged yet self-loathing persona that Emin has created for her works resonates in her best works. "Fighting for Love" is a cry-to-arms for the love wounded. The text reads:
"Fighting for Love -
When the fighting starts - I know that I have lost - Every hole in my body is bleeding - my nose my cunt - my eyes are red now from all the tears - I'm clutching my stomach, holding onto myself - Trying to stop my shit from spilling onto the floor - I am all wrapped up in my own pathetic lonelly (sic) mess - Desperate to feel loved again I can't eat - I can't sleep - my mind jumps from a grinding numbness - to some crazy fucked up out of controll (sic) Dog like hell
That's how it is to live without LOVE"

British artist Tracey Emin (1963) is a member of the Young British Artists, best known for her evocative autobiographical installations and multimedia works. Born in London, Emin studied at the Maidstone College of Art and at the Royal College of Art in her home city. Alongside artist Sarah Lucas (British, b.1962) in 1993, Emin opened The Shop, where she and Lucas exhibited and sold their work. The next year Emin held her first solo exhibition, brazenly titled “My Major Retrospective,” and exhibited her work in the next few years in a gallery called The Tracey Emin Museum.

Emin’s work and her public presentation are frequently provocative and self-referential; in works ranging from installations of neon phrases to painting, photography, film, performance, and hand-embroidered tapestries, she consistently illustrates her own experiences and emotions in intense, intimate engagements with the viewer. Emin’s piece Everyone I Have Ever Slept With, 1963-1995, chronicles every person she ever literally slept next to, from lovers and family to her own unborn children. A similar work titled My Bed, is an installation of her bed, covered in condoms, stains, and cigarettes as it appeared during a time of emotional trauma, evoking the most essential and universal of human emotions. While she has received significant critical attention for her work, Emin’s unabashed presentations of her work as well as her public persona evoke both positive and negative attention from the general public. In 1999, she was nominated for the Turner Prize, and represented Britain in 2004 at the Venice Biennale. Emin currently lives and works in London.

Selected Public Collections:
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX)
Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY)
Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Torino, Italy).
National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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