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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (28 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500283850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500283851
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 17.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mandy Merck is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her latest book is In Your Face: Nine Sexual Studies. Chris Townsend is a lecturer in the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London. His publications include Vile Bodies: Photography and the Crisis of Looking.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By cathy earnshaw on 27 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
This collection contains 10 essays on Tracey Emin's art, which are complemented by over 50 black-and-white illustrations of her drawings, blankets, installations and video-work. It culminates in a fifteen-page interview with Emin herself.

Given that Emin's art often seems to provoke snobbish elitism and prejudices in many contemporary art critics - "it's childishly solipsistic", "too hermetically self-absorbed to be a great artist," etc. - it is absolutely refreshing that the critics in this collection approach her work seriously and without pedantry. The collection transcends those tedious "but it is art?" discussions that Guardian critics love to table and elevates debate on the tensions between autobiography and constructionism in her art to a new level. They place Emin's work in an art-historical context, revealing how artists such as Edvard Munch, Egon Schiele, Gerhard Richter and Hannah Wilke have all influenced and informed her work up to now.

The most fascinating essay, I think, is Peter Osborne's analysis of Emin's photographic print "I've got it all, 2000", where Emin is sitting on the floor in a low-cut dress, looking down at the hoard of coins and notes she's holding onto between her bare, parted legs. The print is ambiguous, its title self-consciously ironic - is she stuffing her vagina with money (money as dildo, money as orgasm)? Or is the money penetrating her (money f*$!s with you, money f*$!s you over)? Or is it exuding from her like faeces or a child?

A few critics in the collection might take Emin's work a little too seriously; the best integrate its playful, ironic or humorous elements (Emin talks in the interview, for instance, of a film which she always wanted to make: "I wanted to be walking along a beach and then do a poo and bury it").
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan 2008
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This book is a collection of essays about Emin's work. The preface says it all when it argues that it is time for people to stop discussing whether Emin's work is 'art', that has been clearly established by the fact that whether you like it or not, she is one of the most successful british artists of all time with a world wide reputation as a worthy artist. Her acceptance into the Royal Academy last year might help quell some of this criticism.
This book accepts that Emin's work is art and actually makes some headway towards discussing what kind of art, where in the history and tradition of art it falls and what it is saying other than the usual branding of it being 'confessional'. It does deal with Emin's celebrity, which of course is always an issue in understanding who she is and what she is trying to say, but it is not all it deals with.
Some of the essays were more interesting than others. Some seemed a little too theoretical, and actually spent more time discussing other artists and concepts than Emin. Others were really useful and provided new angles and insights into her work which were fascinating and relevant. The standout essays for me were the ones dealing with her monoprints, the ones about her films and the interview with the artist herself.
This book cements the fact that there is more to Emin than meets the eye. It's time to get over the 'I could do it myself' issue. She has been an established artist for years now, and let's face it: 'You didn't do it yourself did you?'So get over it and use this book to learn to appreciate her art as art.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Jan 2003
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A must for anyone interested in the relationship between celebrity and art. It provides great analysis of Emins work and of her background. It also features some work that I'd never seen before. Well written and laid out with extra info on subjects related to Emins work, which sometimes deviated from the work. Buy it if your interested in emin.
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By Ms. N. N. Waddon on 13 May 2009
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Took quite a while to get here but it came in perfect condition so that's all that matters.
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