Tracey Emin, Love Is What You Want

I managed to see Love Is What You want at the Hayward just before it closed, so glad I made the effort as living in London it is so easy to become complacent and not bother with shows. We really are spoilt for the quality and quantity of exhibitions, and this was the best this year.

I was taken back by the breadth of her practice and how it works so well as one show, her voice came through so strongly and the works communicate really well together. I was touched by how beautiful the drawings are in real life, they reminded me of Cy Twombly’s paintings, the way the lines and scratches moved over the paper, and their sense of emotion.


musical but without rhythm or rhyme, both supple and staccato enough to adapt itself to the lyrical movements of our souls, the undulating movements of our reveries, and the convulsive movement of our consciences?

musicale sans rythme et sans rime, assez souple et assez heurtée pour s’adapter aux mouvements lyriques de l’âme, aux ondulations de la rêverie, aux soubresauts de la conscience?

This is Baudelaire’s description of his prose poetry, the playfulness and open nature of his writing style reminds me of painting.

Turner Contemporary Opens.

An amazing weekend in Margate for the opening of Turner Contemporary, I highly reccomend taking a trip down there. Elen Harvey’s Arcadia and Daniel Buren’s window took my attention in the Gallery, but the highlight had to be Graham Gussin’s Illumination Rig 2011 – It really captured my imagination, seamlessly poetic and epic.

Graham Gussin

Ellen Harvey

Daniel Buren

Graham Gussin