Tracey Emin in Conversation with Richard Cork

Everyone I Have Ever Slept With

Thursday 1 November 2012
18.00 - 19.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Tracey Emin Nick Morrish, British Aiways © courtesy of the artist

Speaker(s): Tracey Emin and Richard Cork
Ticket/entry details: SOLD OUT
Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott

There is nothing discreet or cosily reassuring about Tracey Emin’s work. In the notorious Sensation show, held at the Royal Academy in 1997, she encouraged visitors to crawl inside a tent embroidered with the names of ‘everyone I have ever slept with’. And two years later, she astonished everyone viewing the Turner Prize exhibition by inviting us into her bedroom. At the centre of the opening space, her double bed was displayed in a shamelessly rumpled state. Unlike the tent, Emin’s bed could not be climbed into. But once visitors had walked round it, any urge to lie down there quickly evaporated. The sheets were discoloured, and the heap of belongings dumped alongside proved that Emin was able to fling away all English inhibitions. In her outspoken art – using neon, video, applique blankets, drawing and much else besides – she explores memories of her childhood in Margate and adult life with tough, defiant, wry and painful honesty.

Born in 1963, Tracey Emin lives and works in London. In 2007, Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale and was made a Royal Academician. In 2008 Emin had her first major retrospective Twenty Years at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh which toured to CAC, Malaga (2008) and Kunstmuseum Bern (2009). Emin had a major survey exhibition Love Is What You Want at the Hayward Gallery (2011) and a solo exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012). In 2011 she became the Royal Academy's Professor of Drawing.

Richard Cork is an award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster, exhibition curator, and former Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University and Senior Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Four volumes of his critical writings on modern art were published by Yale in 2003, and his new book is 'The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals’.

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