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Tracey Emin, You were still There, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 72 1⁄4 × 48".

Tracey Emin

White Cube | Bermondsey

Tracey Emin’s first-ever solo exhibition, in White Cube’s tiny original gallery, was titled “My Major Retrospective 1963–1993.” Two years later, still a relative unknown, she opened the Tracey Emin Museum (1995–98) in a south London storefront. Emin has always thought big and scaled up, a tactic abundantly observed in this giant solo exhibition, “A Fortnight of Tears.” Sketchy, nude self-portrait drawings enlarged into some thirty big canvases; intimate handwritten notes magnified into the wall-size neon I Longed for You, 2019; tabletop clay figurines swelled into three room-size bronzes; and cell-phone selfies multiplied into fifty double-hung, poster-size portraits in the “The Insomnia Room” series, 2016–, with Emin bravely looking like 4 am hell. Meanwhile, her heightened emotional pitch—whether of rage or tenderness—had grown to swallow the gallery whole. Emin’s subject remains unchanged:

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