Tracey Emin 'Sixteen'

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Tracey Emin is a foundational figure of contemporary art. She is perhaps best known for her installation, ‘My Bed’, exhibited for the 1999 Turner Prize and collected in 2014 for over six million dollars. The work is her literal bed, encrusted with traces of a week spent depressed: stained underwear; rubbish; bottles of alcohol; condoms. It propelled her onto the art scene, a visceral and raw self-portrait as shocking as it was moving.

‘Sixteen’ is a limited edition hand-signed print from Emin’s 2013 project ‘Photo Album’ – a book which brought together images from the artist’s archive and life. It pictures her at sixteen, staring boldly at the camera. She is cool and tough, her hair styled into a quiff.

Like ‘My Bed’, ‘Sixteen’ raises ideas around identity, privacy and self-documentation. It challenges the conception of photo albums, eschewing their promises of idealism in favour of rawness and fragmentation, pulling at the seams between a person’s public career and interior life.

For collectors of contemporary and feminist art, ‘Sixteen’ is an arresting find.

Tracey EMIN (1963 - )
'Sixteen' 2013
archival pigment print on paper
Edition of 100
Image Size: 14 x 12 cm
Dimensions: 26 x 20 cm
Signed: Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition: Excellent
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