Artistic development is often thought of as a three-act process – youth, maturity, old age – with artists producing their most powerful works in their final, “late” period: think of Matisse, Titian or Goya. With this substantial show at White Cube Bermondsey’s galleries, Tracey Emin, the sometime enfant terrible of British art, claims to have reached the final phase of her own career, though sceptics might wonder if Emin isn’t a little young, at only 55, to be acceding to such grandeur. Indeed, they might wonder too whether the creator of My Bed has actually even had a “mature” phase yet. If she did, I must have blinked and missed it.
The first part of the show certainly confirms the popular...
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