Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963 but brought up in Margate, Kent. Emin completed an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art and her interest in the expressionist works of Munch and Schiele informed the paintings she produced at that time. She subsequently destroyed these works when she suffered what she has described as her ‘emotional suicide’ following an abortion.
Some years later, Emin returned to making art, this time using her personal experience to make highly confessional works. Her first solo exhibition, at White Cube in 1993, was entitled ‘My Major Retrospective’ and included a display of personal memorabilia and photographs of all her destroyed paintings in a disarmingly frank exploration of her own life. Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events in works ranging from story telling, drawing, filmmaking, installation, painting, neon, photography, appliquéd blankets and sculpture. Emin exposes herself, her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in an incredibly direct manner. Often tragic and frequently humorous, it is as if by telling her story and weaving it into the fiction of her art she somehow transforms it.
Emin has exhibited internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 1999 she was short listed for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery (London). She has had solo shows at White Cube (London) in 2001, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich) and Modern Art Oxford in 2002. Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia) 2003 and Galleria Lorcan O’Neill (Rome) in 2004.

2000 Heads Up, , Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, FL
2000 Galerie Gebauer Berlin, Germany
1999 Every Part of Me's Bleeding, Lehmann Maupin New York, NY
1999 Selections from the Permanent Collection, MoCA North Miami, FL
1999 Free Coke, Greene Naftali New York, NY
1998 Encyclopedia, Turner & Runyon Dallas, TX
1998 The Colony Room 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition, A22 Projects London, England
1998 Emotion: Young British and American Art from the Goetz Collection, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
1998 Loose Threads, Serpentine Gallery London, England
1998 Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, FL
1998 Life is a Bitch, De Appel Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1998 La Biennale de Montreal, Center International D'Art Contemporain de Montrea Quebec, Canada
1998 Real Life, Galleria S.A.L.E.S. Rome, Italy
1998 English Rose in Japan, The Ginza Art Space Tokyo, Japan
1998 Art from the UK: Angela Bulloch, Willie Doherty, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Sam Taylor-Wood, Sammulung Goetz Munich, Germany
1998 Made in London: An exhibition of works by London based artists made in the 1990's, Museu de Electricidade Lisboa, Portugal
1998 Personal Effects, Spacex Gallery Exeter, England
1998 The Human Factor, Achenbach Kunsthanden Düsseldorf, Germany
1998 Sam Taylor-Wood, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Marc Quinn, Galerija Dante Marino Cettina Croatia
1998 Live and Let Die, Apex Art C.P. New York, NY
1998 Beach Life, Upper Street London, England
1998 Pandemonium, The London Festival of Moving Images, LEA gallery London, England
1998 Tracey Emin, Galerie Gebauer Berlin, Germany
1998 Pandaemonium, London Electronic Arts Gallery London, England
1998 Sobasex (My Cunt is Wet with Fear), Sagacho Exhibition Space Tokyo, Japan
1998 I Need Art Like I Need God, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen, Germany
1998 Tracey Emin, Galerie Phillippe Rizzo Paris, France
1997 I Need Art Like I Need God, South London Gallery London, England
1997 Solo Exhibition, Moo Gallery Helsinki
1997 Istanbul Biennial (performance), Pera Palace Hotel Turkey
1997 History: Image-based work in Britain in the late 20th Century, The Ferens Art Gallery Kingston Upon Hill
1997 Private Face. Urban Space, Old Gasworks Athens, Greece
1997 between the devil and the deep (blue) sea, MUU Gallery Helsinki
1997 Ca-Ca Poo-Poo, Kunstverein Köln, Germany
1997 Package Holiday, Hydra Workshops Hydra
1997 Time Out, Kunsthalle Nurnberg Nurnberg, Germany
1997 Real Art for Real Women, Oil of Ulay
1997 Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Biennial Istanbul, Turkey
1997 Tales from the City, Stills Gallery Edinburgh, Scotland
1997 Craft, Richard Salmon London, England
1997 Sensation, Royal Academy of Arts London, England
1997 Such is Life, Serpentine Gallery Bookshop London, England
1997 Summer Love, Fatouchi Cramer Gallery New York, NY
1997 Dissolution, Laurent Dalaye Gallery London, England
1997 Hypermnesiac Fabulations: The New British Art Scene, The Power Plant Toronto, Canada
1997 Slight, Norwich Gallery Norwich
1997 Kunst: Arbeit: 1st Presentation of the Banks Collection, Südwest LB Stuttgart, Germany
1997 Absolute Secret, Royal College of Art London, England
1997 Urban Legends, Baden-Bahen Germany
1996 Full House: Young British Art, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
1996 Sad, Gasworks London, England
1996 Life/Live, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Paris, France
1996 The Agression of Beauty, Galerie Arndt & Partner Berlin, Germany
1996 Yerself is Steam, 85 Charlotte Street London, England
1996 A Grapefruit in The World Park, Transmission Gallery Glasgow, England
1996 Other Men's Flowers, Sarah Lucas, Aurel Scheibler Köln, Germany
1996 Faustrecht der Freiheit, Kunstsammlung Gera Berlin, Germany
1996 Co-operation, Sarah Lucas, Southampton City Art Gallery Southampton
1996 Loosy, Grayson Perry, T, Galerie Phillipe Rizzo Paris, France
1996 It's not me that's crying, it's my soul, Galerie Mot & Van den Boogard Brussels, Germany
1996 Exorcism of The Last Painting I Ever Made, Gallery Andreas Brändström, Stockholm
1996 Tracey Emin, Habitat London, England
1996 The Agression of Beauty, Galerie Arndt & Partner Berlin, Germany
1995 Tracey Emin Museum, 221 Waterloo Road London, England
1995 Brilliant! New Art from London, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, ID
1995 Brill: Works on Paper by Brilliant Artists, Montgomery Glasgow Fine Art Minneapolis, ID
1995 Mysterium Alltag, Tacita Dean, Gil, Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany
1995 Milky Manky, South London Gallery London/Arnolfini, Bristol, England
1995 Whistling Women, Chelsea Room Royal Festival Hall, London, England
1995 The Friendly Village, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Milwaukee, WI
1995 Art for Aids, Galerie Nicoli Wainer Copenhagen, Denmark
1994 My Major Retrospective, White Cube/Jay Jopling London, England
1994 Exploration of the Soul - Journey Across Amercia, Rena Bransten Los Angeles, CA
1994 Art Cologne, Jay Jopling/White Cube London, England
1994 Gramercy Park Hotel Art Fair, Gramercy Park Hotel Art Fair New York, NY
1994 Karaoke and Football, Portikus Frankfurt, Germany
1994 Other Men's Flowers, Joshua Compston/London Portfolio London, England
1994 Hotel Carlton palace Chambre 763, Hotel Carlton Palace Paris, France
1993 The Shop, 103 Bethnal Green Road London, England
1993 From Army to Armani, Analix Gallery Geneva
1993 Other Men's Flowers, IceBox Athena, Greece
1993 I Confess, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre Copenhagen, Denmark