London Calling: Tracey Emin Making Art to Order

We blame the frozen economy for keeping us from this year’s Frieze Art Fair in London, but it didn’t stop us from living vicariously through others. In addition to requesting various colleagues across the pond to send detailed updates from Regent’s Park (sample text message: “Valentino is here. Very, very tan. Tempted to ask him to pose w/me in Ryan Gander‘s on-site photo studio.”), we made invited one particularly indulgent associate to narrate—by cell phone—the whole of his experience at the just-opened Ed Ruscha retrospective at the Hayward. We’re happy to report that Ruscha’s paintings sound almost as good as they look. Meanwhile, Carol Vogel had a great round-up of Frieze in The New York Times, including this intriguing tidbit:

At Lehmann Maupin, the New York gallery, visitors can fill out questionnaires from the British artist Tracey Emin asking, for example, “Do you believe in God?” and “Is there any color that makes you violently sick?” From the answers, Ms. Emin will create a drawing and a neon piece. The first of her custom-made pieces was sold to Amy Phelan…four other buyers followed.

And fear not, stateside Emin fans! The bespoke fun comes to New York on November 5 with the opening of “Only God Knows I’m Good,” an exhibition of new work by Emin at Lehmann Maupin’s Chrystie Street gallery. Exploring the artist’s favored themes of love, sex, and lust will be 53 works, including a large-scale film projection, never-before-seen neons and sculptures, a collection of embroideries and monoprints, and “NEON LIFE: A Portrait,” the made-to-order project that debuted at Frieze.

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