Tracey Emin, Angel without You, 2012. Courtesy White Cube, London and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong. © the artist.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) presents Tracey Emin: Angel without You, the first American museum exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed British artist. On view December 4, 2013, through March 9, 2014, Tracey Emin: Angel without You is the first exhibition to focus on Emin’s use of neon, a medium that has played an essential role in the development of her practice.  Organized by MOCA as part of its Knight Exhibition Series, Tracey Emin: Angel without You comprises over 60 works and spans two decades.

Tracey Emin: Angel without You highlights the artist’s longstanding relationship with MOCA, which became the first American museum to purchase Emin’s work when it acquired her seminal video Why I Never Became a Dancer in 1998. The video is included in the exhibition, along with Emin’s most notable neon works, including a new large neon created for MOCA that inspires the exhibition’s title.

Transcribed from the artist’s own handwriting, Emin’s neons are inspired by the subject of love, in  its poignant and sometimes painful complexity. Emin substitutes pronouns for individual names in works such as Love is What You Want (2011), I can feel your smile (2005), or You Forgot to Kiss My Soul (2001), so that the phrases can be read as an instance of Emin addressing herself, her viewer, her lover, or even God. Other works, such as Nothing is Real (2012), are figurative sculpture created from contiguous neon tubing. The exhibition is made possible with support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Phillips with additional support provided by Funding Arts Network, Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc in memory or Martin Nash, and David  and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation.

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