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Tracey Emin

Singing Bird (for the Venice Biennale), 2007

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Lot 44
Lithograph issued as temporary tattoo
4.0 x 3.0 in (10.2 x 7.6 cm)
Edition of 1500
Printed signature on verso


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In 2007, Tracey Emin was chosen to represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale. To commemorate the feminist vanguard’s installation, the British Consulate issued temporary tattoos depicting one of Emin’s scribblings. In ‘Singing Bird,’ a rough rendering of a cartoonish bird flies atop an airborne penis.

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About Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin (British, b. 1963) is an English artist and member of the Britarts or YBAs (Young British Artists). Her humorous yet tragic oeuvre encompasses painting, drawing, video, and installation, as well as photography, needlework, and sculpture. Personal and provocative, Emin privileges her viewer as both voyeur and confidante revealing intimate hopes, humiliations, failures, and successes. For this reason, it can be said that the body of her work holds roots in feminist discourse as she contends private matters with inherently political motivations and radical intentions. In 2007 she was selected to join the Royal Academy of Arts in London as a Royal Academician and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in the same year. Emin has lectured at such venerable institutions as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Britain.