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Emin’s satellite show for a very worthy cause

Tracey Emin teams up with Louis Vuitton to create a covetable, limited-edition scarf

Emin’s satellite show for a very worthy cause

May 19 2011
Vicki Reeve

In the UK, it’s been hard to avoid coverage of Tracey Emin and Love Is What You Want, her first major solo exhibition at a London institution (the Hayward Gallery, until August 29 2011). But it’s not her only show in town: she also has a small but perfectly formed group of new works on display at Louis Vuitton’s New Bond Street Maison. Alongside pieces such as a heart-shaped neon sign bearing the same title as the Hayward exhibition is a limited-edition scarf that Emin created specially for Vuitton. There are just 50 of these covetable Sex 21 Sydney (2011) scarves; hand-rolled and -stitched, in white silk with a classic Emin nude design in a blue wash with a thin yet vibrant orange border, each scarf comes with a label certificate that’s signed and numbered by the artist herself, and each costs £600.

Eight new Emin etchings – and an artist-designed leather case to house them – are also on display in the Maison’s Librairie, with three limited-edition fabric works. Proceeds from the sale of all these creations (and more) will fund art projects at the Forest High School in Kikandwa, Uganda, of which Emin is a passionate supporter.

So if you can’t make it to the Hayward show – or if you simply prefer a spot of retail therapy with a side of thought-provoking and philanthropic art – head to Louis Vuitton. At this Love Is What You Want satellite, you may well find plenty to adore.