Tracey Emin: Love is What you Want

Tracey Emin: Love is What you Want


Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want was published to coincide with the first major survey exhibition of Emin’s work in London, that took place at the Hayward Gallery from the 18 May to 29 August 2011.

Since she first emerged in the early 1990s, Emin has made art that takes as its starting point the most harrowing and intimate details of her personal history. Sometimes confrontational or sexually provocative, her art resonates with the ‘personal political’ legacy of feminist art while at the same time speaking to relationships in general, as well as exploring spirituality, cultural identity, class and celebrity. Disarmingly frank and often deeply confessional, much of Emin’s art is also animated by her playful and ironic wit.

Conceived and produced in close collaboration with the artist, this volume brings together suites of works from across the artist’s career, emphasising the diversity of her dynamic practice, and highlighting her achievements in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, drawing, painting, text-based works, textiles, photographs, video and performance. This comprehensive monograph also features seldom-seen early works and recent large-scale installations along with new outdoor sculptures created especially for the Hayward Gallery show.

Texts by Michael Corris, Jennifer Doyle, Cliff Lauson and Ali Smith. 
Interview with Ralph Rugoff

24.5 x 24.5 cm 
260 pages
140 illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 85332 293 8
RRP £27.99

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Michael Corris is Professor of Art and Chair of the Division of Art at SMU, Dallas, Texas. He was a member of the Conceptual art group Art & Language in New York in the 1970s, and is editor of Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth, and Practice (2003), and author (with David Diao) of David Diao: Works 1969-2005 (2006).

Jennifer Doyle is associate professor of English at the University of California Riverside, where she teaches feminist and gender studies, American literature and culture. She is the author of Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire (2006), and she is also a regular contributor to Frieze and The Guardian

Cliff Lauson is Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London. 

Ralph Rugoff is Director of Hayward Gallery, London.

Ali Smith is the author of Free Love and Other Stories (1995), which won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award. Ali Smith is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to journals and newspapers including The Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement

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