Tracey Emin, one of the best-known of the YBA mob, is readying a major new solo show at south London’s White Cube gallery early next year. A Fortnight of Tears will open on 6 February, running until 7 April 2019.
Set to fill all the gallery space available — and if you’ve ever spent a pleasant Saturday afternoon strolling around the White Cube after gorging yourself silly in one of Bermondsey Street’s numerous top-notch eateries, you’ll know that that is a lot of space — the show will bring together brand new paintings, photographs, sculptures, and a stash of the neon works she’s been specialising in, in recent years.
The bronze sculptures will be the largest that Tracey’s ever turned her hand to, and the photos make up a new series called Insominia. The White Cube says of the work: “selected from thousands of self-portraits taken by the artist on her iPhone over the last couple of years, these images spontaneously capture prolonged periods of restlessness and inner turmoil.” Just what you want when you’re taking a cultural day trip.
The gallery goes on to say that the work in A Fortnight of Tears stems from the artist’s “deeply personal memories and emotions ranging from loss, grief, longing and spiritual love.”
She’ll be rounding off the exhibition with How it Feels a candid and moving account of her abortions that changed her whole approach to making art, shot in 1996.