We’re always interested when artists employ neon in various forms and Tracy Emin has long been one of our favorite artists using the medium, particularly after setting our hearts aglow (quite literally) with an installation in Times Square this year. Now, Emin’s use of neon is the focus of her first US museum show, opening December 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. So for those making the pilgrimage down to Art Basel Miami 2013, this could be a welcome respite from the bustle of the fair itself.
Emin’s show, “Angel Without You,” focuses on neon works made from the artist’s own handwriting. Topics of the neon include issues of love and identity, using vague pronouns to distort the subject or meaning of each piece. Pieces like the show’s namesake sculpture—which was created specifically for MOCA—Love is What You Want, I can feel your smile, or You Forgot to Kiss My Soul do not address a particular entity—rather, they are left open to the viewer.
The exhibition features 60 different works that span 20 years. This includes Emin’s 1998 video Why I Never Became a Dancer; MOCA was the first museum to own Emin’s work when the institution purchased the video years ago.
More information on the MOCA website.
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