Turner Contemporary
South East England

If nothing else one has to admire Emin’s guts and bravery.The show at Turner Contemporary set against a backdrop of changing skies and magnificent seascape is challenging.It certainly provoked some interesting exchanges between my friend and I.

All of Emin’s drawings are of herself and although cleverly curated alongside nudes of women by Turner and Rodin suggesting deeper meaning the work still remains intensely personal.

It is undoubtedly true that there continue to be many issues surrounding women’s sexuality that are still not openly discussed. Maybe Emin’s works will challenge these taboos?

Emin’s work often references that of the late Louise Bourgeois. Emin’s drawings dating back to her time in Berlin in the late 1990’s were subtle and delicious. Amongst the best works in the show. What I cannot see in her later works,however is that same timelessness and universality found in the works that Bourgeois made throughout her life.

What will Emin be saying and making over the next 50 years?

The bigger question for me though is whether Emin’s work should still be afforded the accolade of such a great space? Particularly when this exhibition closely follows that at The Haywood.

Sorry Tracey no offense but these questions have to be asked.