Tracey Emin|White Cube
Posted on March 6th, 2019
Tracey Emin’s new exhibition “A Fortnight of Tears” has opened at the fabulous space that is White Cube in Bermondsey. Having had superb reviews, I was keen to see our famous Londoner’s latest work. This is a major display of Tracey’s work taking over the huge blank walls of White Cube.
What to expect
The theme is loss, pathos, anger and love, expressed in so many mediums. It’s stunning and impressive but startling at the same time. The first large room is literally just loads of massive photographs of Tracey in a state of insomnia. The second is filled with an enormous bronze nude called ‘The Mother’. It is so sad. A kneeling nude cradling an empty space, reflecting her loss from her abortions.
These themes continue throughout with two more vast bronzes, many many paintings – lots of dark red blood, drips and ghostly figures. It is pretty tough to view but so compelling.
The end-note is a 20 minute film of Emin chatting away very frankly about her first abortion and the effect it had on her and her art. One comes away feeling she still struggles somewhat but has largely come to terms with her loss. Her loves and life are now ‘conceived’ in her art. It’s actually quite optimistic.
Around White Cube
This is a buzzing, fun part of London. So many cafes, little artisan shops, art galleries surround this gallery, which is just down the road from the fabulous Maltby Market at weekends to Borough Market during the week and the enormity of the Shard. London Bridge has just completed the biggest make-over, so expect a Day Out feature soon incorporating all of the above.
Verdict on Tracey Emin
If you can cope with the themes which are graphically explored, A Fortnight of Tears is an interesting, but highly emotionally charged exhibition. It is not for the faint-hearted.
White Cube : Until 7th April 2019