The Goss-Michael Foundation celebrated its auspicious beginnings with ‘A Tribute to Tracey Emin.’ Coinciding with the 2007 Venice Biennale where Emin was chosen to represent Great Britain, this exhibition honored Emin’s contributions to the artistic community: a fierce honesty, at times both tragic and humorous, a feminist’s open commentary on life and sexuality, and the revealing and autobiographical nature of her work. She is famous for laying bare deeply personal details and desires that most people would be too ashamed to reveal. Rightly or wrongly, Emin has been accused of cynically exploiting the public's darkest levels of voyeurism.
Tracey Emin was born in 1963 and spent much of her childhood in Margate. She graduated in 1986 from Maidstone College of Art with her BFA and received her MA from the Royal College of Art in 1989. Emin is best-known, or possibly most notorious, for the appliqué tent, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With, 1963-1995 (1995), destroyed in the Momart fire, and My Bed (1999) which is just that, her bed strewn with soiled underwear, stained sheets and empty bottles. My Bed earned a 1999 Turner Prize nomination. The British Council chose the controversial artist to produce a show of new work for the British Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. She is only the second woman to produce a solo show for the UK at this event. Tracey Emin was also selected to become a Royal Academician (RA) in the category of painting, joining an elite group of luminaries including David Hockney, Peter Blake, Anthony Caro and Alison Wilding. The artist currently works and lives in the UK.