London-based artist Tracey Emin burst onto the art scene in the mid-'90s with brash and unprecedented pieces like Everyone I Have Ever Slept With, a pup tent embroidered with the names of former lovers and, even more notoriously, an installation that re-created the artist's trashed bedroom -- replete with soiled trousers, vodka bottles, condoms and pills. Despite countless critical accusations of having indulged in exhibitionism in order to secure fame (Emin's a household name in England, regularly appearing in tabloids alongside the likes of Madonna and Stella McCartney), Emin kept at it, using her work to let audiences in on oft sordid yet surprisingly moving and nuanced details of her private life. In videos and on embroidered quilts, Emin proffered confessions of childhood rape, promiscuity, a botched abortion, self-destructive impulses and other raw vulnerabilities. All this won Emin an adequately pedigreed audience, such that her work now rests in major museums worldwide. Her latest exhibition in New York, "Everything for Love," includes a new series of neon signs.
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