Tracey Emin, I’ve Got It All, 2000, color photograph, 38 1/2 x 38.”


“Tracey Emin: Love Is What You Want”

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
May 18–August 29

Curated by Cliff Lauson and Ralph Rugoff

Tracey Emin remains emblematic of the YBA generation, though possibly the most memorable work she’s made—Everyone I Ever Slept With 1963–1995 (aka “The Tent”), 1995—was destroyed in a warehouse fire. Emin declined to re-create the piece, so although it was one of the most sensational objects in “Sensation,” the 1997 survey of the YBAs at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, perforce it doesn’t figure in this retrospective of her work. What the career-spanning exhibition does offer, however, are some 150 works from the early ’90s to the present, including rarely seen pieces such as Tacimin—Can you hear me?, 1997 (involving the afterlife and a Ouija board), and Emin’s Army, 1999, as well as a new sculpture created specifically for the Hayward. Emin’s “Tent” may be missing, but this show should provide a much-needed corrective to the view that it was the only notable work of art she ever made.