Tracey Emin Last in Love 2011
Gouache on paper © the artist courtesy of White Cube
photo Ben Westoby

Tracey Emin comes home to Margate with an exhibition of exciting new works at Turner Contemporary. To any Emin fan this is utterly perfect, not only is the Turner Contemporary is shining gem on the seafront but the walk from the train station will take you past Emin’s beloved vintage roller-coaster ride Dreamland, which is due to be restored thanks to lottery funding.

Tracey Emin’s first exhibition in her home town will open at Turner Contemporary on 26 May 2012. The exhibition has been conceived specially for Margate, where Emin notoriously grew up and which has provided inspiration for many of her most famous art works.

Tracey Emin I Said No
Acrylic on board
© the artist

The exhibition will explore the themes of love, sex and romanticism in Emin’s oeuvre. It will feature new works, including drawings, monoprints, sculptures, tapestries, embroideries and neons, and will be installed throughout Turner Contemporary’s suite of first-floor galleries.

Tracey Emin Sex 1 25-11-07 Sydney
courtesy Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin studio

The exhibition’s central themes are continued in a group of sketches and paintings of erotic subjects by Tracey Emin, JMW Turner and Auguste Rodin, whose iconic sculpture The Kiss is on show in the Sunley Gallery at Turner Contemporary. This section of the exhibition considers the artists in terms of their shared fascination with female sexuality and the varying means by which they explore the subject.

Tracey Emin I Didn’t Say 2011
Gouache on paper © the artist courtesy of White Cube
photo Ben Westoby

Tracey Emin said: ‘I still can’t really believe that I’m showing in Margate. Even in my wildest dreams I could never believe there would be a gallery like Turner Contemporary there. So on one level I’m really chuffed and excited but on another I am as nervous as hell. The brilliant thing about Margate is it’s one hour from London on the train so I’m hoping lots of people will come and visit not just my show but the beautiful sunsets and sandy teaches.’

Tracey Emin Breakfast at the Grotto 2011
Gouache on paper © the artist courtesy of White Cube
photo Ben Westoby

A fully illustrated catalogue is available to accompany the exhibition.

She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea | Tracey Emin at Turner Contemporary
26 May 2012 – 23 September 2012
Turner Contemporary
Kent CT9 1HG

Words by Anna Bang


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