In my last post about Tracey Emin I mentioned some of the artists that she had exhibited her work alongside. ‘Do Not Abandon Me’ is a collaboration between Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin consisting of sixteen intimate works.
Although 2 generations apart, Tracey Emin b1963, Louise Bourgeoise 1911 – 2010, there are strong similarities between the two artists. Neil Wenman, the director of Hauser & Wirth Gallery says Emin and Bourgeois began having “conversations and meetings every six months after their original meeting”, until Bourgeois produced her series of gouaches featuring male and female torsos, pregnant women’s bellies and erect phalluses. “Both engage with themes around female subjectivity, motherhood and sexuality, emotional dependency, the family unit and ideas of intimacy. They are both dealing with confessional and autobiographical subject matter and they both have a history of making art using fabric, blankets, embroidery.”
Here is a very short film with Tracey Emin talking about the exhibition. Unfortunately there is a 30 second advertisement that you can’t skip but it’s the most concise film clip I could find:
For further information about Tracey admin and Louise Bourgeois, I would recommend Women Without Secrets – Secret Knowledge