Have we done Tracey Emin?
i’m not hugely into a lot of the contemporary art stuff (a piece of a4 folded in half, as shown at the st ives tate the other year, is laughable), but i am a huge tracy emin fan.
no matter what you think of her work,how can you not truly admire someone who takes an old beat beach hut worth about 50quid, jazzes it up a bit and calls it ‘the last thing i said was don’t leave me’ then sells it to an overly rich ad man for silly silly cash. hats off to the woman!
Posted 8 years ago
[Chuckles at GrahamS]
I do not understand what she is doing, and as it is also visually pretty unattractive and unspectacular I switch off. Clearly, I ought to spend more time on this stuff. But equally there was a time when intelligent people made gorgeous art that could be enjoyed even by philistines like me who didn’t get it. 😕Posted 8 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
Her art isn’t easy to defend – it’s deliberately ugly and designed to provoke “my kids could do better” type comments. But I like her attitude as someone who is determined to leave an impression on the world, regardless of what other people might think. And it’s funny how people seem to go out of their way to be outraged by this sort of stuff. Have you ever been forced to go to one of her exhibitions?Posted 8 years ago
. But equally there was a time when intelligent people made gorgeous art that could be enjoyed even by philistines like me who didn’t get it
Well obviously you’re still a philistine who doesn’t get it. Let me explain.
Obviously this is a self-portrait of her in the morning after a night on the p1ss. She’s clearly sh1t the bed, and she lying with legs open. The vagueness and lack of detail in the painting betrays the fact that it was done in a hurry in the morning (which re-enforces a connection with the painting) as she needed to sell it quickly in order to get some cash to buy some more booze. It also adds to that unique ‘Tracey Emin quality’ represented by the fact that she can neither paint nor draw.
How is that not ‘gorgeous art’ ?Posted 8 years agoratadogSubscriber
Its no worse than Egon Shiele most of which I can’t stand (except for Die kleine Stadt II), but then again I don’t really get on with Klimt either.
Entirely agree with you about Egon Schiele – didn’t get it when I saw some of his work at an exhibition at the Tate in Liverpool and then subsequently saw a major retrospective in Dusseldorf when I was at a conference there and began to suspect that actually I did get it in the sense that there wasn’t anything to get and it was an emporer’s new clothes phenomenon.
Klimt, however, may have been an old lecher and produced a lot of heavily gilded artwork that has now become somewhat debased by overexposure on the walls of surburbia but when he wanted he could produce detail in paint that defied my ability to tell it from high definition photography when viewed at a distance of 6 inches. That is technical skill beyond my wildest imaginings and the print of his on my walls is a landscape and not a gilded lady.Posted 8 years ago
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