Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin: Do Not Abandon Me
Hauser & Wirth, Old Bond Street, London
18 February–12 March 2011
by ANNA McNAY
When French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois handed over her set of 16 gouache male and female torsos to younger British artist, new friend and “kindred spirit”, Tracey Emin, giving her free rein to add to them as she wish, she told her “don’t worry, there is lots of time”. Emin took her quite literally, carrying the unfinished works around with her, as far as Australia and back, as she built up the nerve to tamper with something she already found quite beautiful and was fearful of ruining.
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