Tracey Emin

1963 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Tracey Emin is seen as an established artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Tracey Emin was born in 1963. Artists Lorna Simpson, Gary Hume, Edmund de Waal and Yinka Shonibare are of the same generation and same country as Tracey Emin.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Tracey Emin's work is available for viewing at White Cube | Bermondsey located in London, the United Kingdom. Tracey Emin's work are at the moment exhibiting at at Faurschou Foundation | New York in the United States with the exhibition The Red Bean Grows in the South (14 December 2019 - 10 April 2020).

Tracey Emin in private collections

On Artland Tracey Emin's works can be found in the following collection: Olivier Verhellen which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Qafar Rzayev, Farhad Farzali, and Sarah Derat.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an essential hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the contemporary period, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late 19th century, Britain became an important focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some notable British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin was born in 1963 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Tracey Emin

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 5

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