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Tracey Emin, Missbelief, 2013, gouache on paper, 12 1/2 x 16".

Tracey Emin

Lehmann Maupin

Tracey Emin, Missbelief, 2013, gouache on paper, 12 1/2 x 16".

Anyone interested in a quick synopsis of the strangely conflicted position occupied by Tracey Emin these days need look no further than the artist’s biography on the website of London’s Royal Academy of Arts. Now nearly a quarter century down the line from her late-Thatcherite efflorescence, theYBA turned CBE was named a Royal Academician in 2007 and is today a professor at that august institution. Yet unlike those of her colleagues, her bio—which she presumably provided, or at least approved—opens not with a nod to her artistic achievements but with this revelatory, classically Eminesque bit of self-presentation: “Originally gaining fame from a public outburst during a Channel 4 TV discussion . . .”

The incident occurred ten years before her RA induction, when a dangerously pissed Emin made a shambles of a Turner Prize roundtable involving a roomful of British art-world

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