I recently went to see the Tracey Emin retrospective at the Hayward Gallery - 'Love Is What You Want'.
I adore Tracey Emin. I think her work is beautiful and brave and some of it just hits you in the chest and sticks with you forever; I especially love her way with words and think she's a brilliant writer - all of my favourite pieces of hers are text-based, and I loved her book 'Strangeland'.
I don't like all of her work, but that's OK. It was the same with this exhibition, as I expected. I especially loved seeing some of the old stuff from "The Shop" with Sarah Lucas (how I would love to have gone there!), and her classic blankets and neons.
Weirdly, I think I prefer to look at pieces of her work separately, rather than altogether like this. When I saw one of her neons on my last visit to the Louis Vuitton Maison (darling), I was beside myself with excitement and its impact was huge. A whole room of them, while it gave a pleasingly seedy dragstrip vibe, I felt diluted their strong individual messages.
That's just me. Well worth seeing - all sorts of brilliant ideas from a brilliantly unique brain.
Here are my favourite Tracey Emin works. The first two now live on my fridge, in postcard form, and I was a bit disappointed that the third wasn't available as such. It was lovely to be able to see them all in real life.