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Tracey Emin ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ (2019)


Out of print

Texts by Daniel Belasco, Michael Craig-Martin, Robert Storr and an in conversation with Irving Sandler 
Edited by Honey Luard 
Designed by (Studio) Jonathan Hares 
355 x 305 mm, hardback 
172 pages, 133 colour illustrations 
ISBN 978-1-910844-43-4 
Published by White Cube, May 2022

This book marks Tracey Emin’s critically acclaimed exhibition,  ‘A Fortnight of Tears’, held at White Cube Bermondsey, London in the early months of 2019. Bringing together the sculpture, neon, painting, photography and drawing in full-bleed and close-up detail and with texts by Dutch art historian and curator Rudi Fuchs, and British art critic Jonathan Jones, this is an elegant and thoughtful record of a truly heartfelt body of work, by one of the most important artists working today.

Taking its title from her solo show, the works here reproduced address Emin’s own pain, central to which was her mother’s death, evoking in a wealth of different mediums, states of bereavement and mourning as well as that of enduring love. There is an uninhibited energy to her new paintings as Emin powerfully inscribes emotional turmoil through a freer yet assertive form of gestural figuration, as well as through text, sculpture and film.

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Designed by long time collaborators of the artist, the London-based design studio and publisher FUEL, this is a fitting accompaniment to one of Emin’s most open, revealing, vulnerable and significant recent exhibitions.

Rudi Fuchs is a Dutch art historian and curator, formerly Director at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1993–2003). Jonathan Jones is a British art critic, writer and broadcaster, who has written for The Guardian since 1999.