In the name of love: Tracey Emin’s Artful Words

Art & Design

Artists have been addressing the subject of love, in all its guises, for as long as they’ve been making art. Whether Picasso’s portraits of Marie-Thérèse, Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits with Diego Rivera, Rodin’s Kiss, or Robert Indiana’s infamous LOVE graphic, love has proved to be an enduring and potent presence in the visual arts.

But no contemporary artist has made love so central a theme in her work—and addressed it so directly—as the British artist Tracey Emin, whose distinctive neon scribbles have been gracing galleries and public spaces around the globe for the last 20 years.

Today seems as good a day as any to revisit some of her more famous aphorisms. By turns wistful, defiant, needy, and mournful, Emin’s view of love is varied and conflicted enough to resonate with anyone who has ever loved—which is to say, everyone.

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