Go See – New York: Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin “Do Not Abandon Me” at Carolina Nitsch through November 13, 2010
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Louise Bourgeois & Tracey Emin, Do Not Abandon Me, Hauser & Wirth
Louise Bourgeois died last year at nearly 100, a revered figure: survivor of the Surrealist movement into the 21st century, a pioneer of autobiographical expression, whose fame came only late in life. Tracey Emin, by contrast, found fame early, coming to the attention of the general public in Charles Saatchi’s Sensation show at the Royal Academy while she was still in her thirties. Both, however, work a single-mindedly autobiographical vein – indeed, open their veins figuratively to pour…
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‘Going to Crack’, Tracey Emin, 1997 | Tate
Artwork page for ‘Going to Crack’, Tracey Emin, 1997 Emin places herself centre-stage in her work, telling intimate stories about her life. 'It's like a cleansing of my soul. It's not just getting rid of baggage or carnage. It's not that simple. Something actually happens within me.' Several of the works refer to traumas, such as having an abortion or splitting up with her boyfriend. These painful events are conveyed with brutal simplicity and candour but, as she says, 'Being an artist isn't…
From Louise Bourgeois + Tracey Emin series, ‘Do Not Abandon Me’, sixteen intimate works shown at Hauser & Wirth, London — "Just hanging", 2009—2010 — Bourgeois began the works by painting male and female torsos mixing red, blue and black gouache pigments with water to create delicate and fluid silhouettes then passed the images on to Emin who overlaid Bourgeois’s forms, drawing smaller figures that engaged with the torsos like Lilliputian lovers, enacting the body’s desires and anxieties