What did Tracey Emin do in lockdown?

Artists’ quarantine projects go on show

A work in progress by Tracey Emin
A work in progress by Tracey Emin | Image: © Tracey Emin

I Thrive on Solitude by Tracey Emin  

The “thumbprint of my time being here” is how Tracey Emin describes the acrylic paintings she produced during lockdown. Currently being shown by White Cube online, the small canvasses ($70,000- $75,000) offer a glimpse into Emin’s domestic life – expressive interior scenes, predominantly in blue and white, which capture the London home she has lived in for 20 years. “Nine weeks alone is very easy… 10 years alone is harder,” she writes. “I thrive on solitude. I am an artist, I see the world in a very singular way. The more isolation, the more clarity I have.” Until 2 August; whitecube.com  

A Different Time by Tracey Emin (May 2020) at White Cube online
A Different Time by Tracey Emin (May 2020) at White Cube online | Image: © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. © White Cube (Theo Christelis)
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Isolation Mastered

On 1 July, Mayfair gallery JD Malat will unveil Isolation Mastered, a group exhibition of artworks created in response to the recent lockdown. The gallery received more than 1,000 submissions to its open call, from which 25 pieces were selected by a judging panel that included artists Gavin Turk, Robert Montgomery and Katrin Fridriks.

Old News by Mohamed Mohamed – part of Isolation Mastered at JD Malat
Old News by Mohamed Mohamed – part of Isolation Mastered at JD Malat
The Wanton Boy by Cecily Brown is one of 20 works up for auction in Christie’s From the Studio
The Wanton Boy by Cecily Brown is one of 20 works up for auction in Christie’s From the Studio

A sculpture of Boris Johnson by Mohamed Mohamed is constructed from 6,277 newsprint pages, layered in cross sections; panic-buys of pasta and toilet paper are depicted in the style of an Old Masters painting by Samantha Parfitt; while Petros Chrisostomou shows an installation of giant eggs in a rundown bright-yellow kitchen. All profits will support the participating artists, and the exhibitor whose piece is voted best by the public will secure a solo show at JD Malat in 2021. 1-8 July; jdmalat.com

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From the Studio 

New work produced during quarantine by artists, among them Cecily Brown and George Condo, will be offered by Christie’s in From the Studio – part of its Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale – on 10 July. All proceeds from the 20 pieces will go to a fund to fight Covid-19 set up by the Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR). The charity, which had to cancel its annual fundraising gala in Cannes (last year it raised $15m), has founded the fund to help develop effective coronavirus treatments. 10 July; christies.com

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