Library staff recommendation: Tracey Emin: 20 Years

Tracey Emin: 20 Years
By Patrick Elliott and Julian Schnabel
709.24 Em47s Greenfield Open Stacks

Initially, I thought Tracey Emin’s work was a joke. I wrote it off quickly and
reshelved it. I was 17 or so at the time. I have since revisited it. I am now able to
see just how much is really happening. I consider Tracey Emin one of the most
honest and pure artists of this century. Whether or not the work is “good” is an
entirely different matter. Her work is compelling, pulling from emotional states
nearly all of us have been in. I find myself lost in the pages of this book, reading
and re-reading her appliquéd messages or prints and reflecting. Julian Schnabel’s
essay is as honest as the work, and is followed up with Emin’s own writing, a perfect
set up for the plates of work that follow. In addition to Schnabel, Patrick Elliott
states it perfectly, “She lays herself open to scrutiny with a disarming frankness
and fearlessness that can be excruciating to observe… Everything she does can be
recycled into art.”

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