We were also delighted to attend the press preview and Q & A of Tracey Emin’s new work: The Last Great Adventure is you. The exhibition is across the other side of town in Bermondsey. Emin had generously provided afternoon tea which made a nice change from the typical press breakfast.
‘The work is about rites of passage, of time and age, and the simple realisation that we are always alone.’ Tracey Emin, July 2014
It is a major exhibition by Tracey Emin, her first with the London gallery for five years. The exhibition features over 50 new works, including bronze sculptures, gouaches, paintings, large-scale embroideries and neon works.
There is a complexity in the sculptural form of the bronzes, simultaneously robust yet tender, that points to a consummate understanding of material, composition and subject matter. In Grotto (2014), a tessellated, cave-like chamber gives sanctuary to a solitary figure as artist proxy, while the muscular form of Bird (2014) harmonises sinuous lines with gravity and grace. A series of bronze bas relief plaques portray figures that appear amorphous yet distinct, with subtle interplay between light and shadow.
The exhibition will run from 8 October – 16 November 2014 at the South Galleries and 9x9x9, Bermondsey.
White Cube (144-152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ)