Tracey Emin She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea

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May 26 – September 23, 2012

Turner ContemporaryThe Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG – Kent

She Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea: Tracey Emin at Turner Contemporary is conceived specially for Margate, where Emin grew up and which has provided inspiration for many of her most famous art works. The exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival, a 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

The exhibition explores the themes of love, sex and eroticism in Emin’s oeuvre. It features new works, including drawings, monoprints, sculptures, tapestries, embroideries and neons installed throughout Turner Contemporary’s suite of first-floor galleries. The central themes are continued in a group of sketches and paintings of erotic subjects by Tracey Emin, JMW Turner and Auguste Rodin, whose iconic sculpture The Kiss is on show in the Sunley Gallery at Turner Contemporary. This section of the exhibition considers the artists in terms of their shared fascination with female sexuality and the varying means by which they explore the subject.Tracey Emin said: “I still can’t really believe that I’m showing in Margate. Even in my wildest dreams I could never believe there would be a gallery like Turner Contemporary there. So on one level I’m really chuffed and excited but on another I am as nervous as hell. The brilliant thing about Margate is it’s one hour from London on the train so I’m hoping lots of people will come and visit not just my show but the beautiful sunsets and sandy beaches.”

Above image: Tracey Emin, She Lay down Deep Beneath The Sea, 2012

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Tracey Emin

Sex 1 25-11-07 Sydney, 2007

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Laying on Blue, 2011

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Last in Love, 2011

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I SAID NO, 2007

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I Didn’t Say, 2011

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Furniture, 2011

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Breakfast at the Grotto, 2011

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