Mad Tracey from Margate : the work of Tracey Emin – Thursday 5th June 2014

By Rosalind Whyte

An entertaining look at the art of this always controversial figure – love her or hate her, you cannot fail to find this talk fascinating.

Tracey Emin shot to fame and notoriety with ‘My Bed’ in 1999. She has since earned fortune and criticism in virtually equal measure. As the enfant terrible of the ‘Young British Artists’ approaches 51, some critics and commentators continue to berate her, condemning her as,for example, ‘A foul-mouthed sex-obsessed artist’ (Mail Online August 2013). Yet others applaud her work and admire her courage and honesty, considering that, “she confuses art and life in a way that is profound, philosophical and has a core of greatness.” (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian 2008).
This lecture looks at some aspects of what is a wide-ranging and varied body of work and seeks to examine some of the reasons behind the antagonism Emin faces. Why not come along and make up your own mind. You may not be converted one way or the other, but in all likelihood you’ll be surprised by the variety and intensity of her work.