May 19 2011
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.