All proceeds from the sale of Emin's 2012 signature neon work "The Heart Has its Reasons" will benefit the Serpentine Galleries Education Program. Amongst her most famous works, Emin’s neons are particularly poignant for their inherent contradictions. Her deeply affected works reflect the humor and incredulity of blunt expression, while conveying the trauma of deeply personal experience. The neon works present insight into that which is private with poetic humor and unabashed self-reflection.

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2014: "The Last Great Adventure is You", White Cube, Bermondsey
2014: "The Nakeds", The Drawing Room, London
2014: Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
"Angel Without You", Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
2012: "You Saved Me", Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome
2012: "You Don't Believe in Love but I Believe in You", White Cube, Sao Paolo
2011: "Love is What You Want", Hayward Gallery, London

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Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
British Museum, London; Camden Arts Center, London
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Denver Art Museum, Denver
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow
Hara Museum, Tokyo
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Portrait Gallery, London
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Saatchi Collection, London
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Tate Gallery, London
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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About Tracey Emin

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Tracey Emin (British, b. 1963) is an English artist and member of the Britarts or YBAs (Young British Artists) who currently lives and works in London. Her humorous yet tragic oeuvre spans the forms of painting, drawing, video, and installation as well as photography, needlework, and sculpture. Engaging a sense of immediacy and sexual provocation within her works, Emin privileges her viewer as both voyeur and confidante as a means to reveal intimate hopes, humiliations, failures, and successes. For this reason, it can be said that the body of her work holds roots in feminist discourse as she contends private matters with inherently political motivations and radical intentions. The artist studied at the Medway College of Design (now the University for the Creative Arts) and Maidstone Art College (now the University for the Creative Arts). Emin was selected to join the Royal Academy of Arts in London as a Royal Academician in 2007 and she represented Britain at the Venice Biennale the same year. In 2011, Emin was appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy. Emin has lectured at venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Tate Britain, London, and the Royal Academy of Arts, among others, about the relationship between autobiography and artistic creativity.

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The Heart has its reasons, 2012
Lot Number 10
Neon (coral pink)
22.48 x 55.12 in (57.1 x 140 cm)
Edition of 3

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The Heart has its reasons
  • Dimensions
    22.48 x 55.12 in (57.1 x 140 cm)