Those Who Suffer Love by Tracey Emin, London

Totally Engaged, 2009.
Totally Engaged, 2009.
(Image credit: Photography: Todd-White Art Photography. Courtesy White Cube)

True to candid form, Tracey Emin’s outing at Jay Jopling’s West End institution – the White Cube (opens in new tab) – is a lesson in artistic angst. An intimate depiction of Emin’s well-aired soul, Those Who Suffer Love, offers a self -styled exploration of ‘love, life and loss'.

While these chosen subjects may seem hopelessly broad, Emin still comes up with some stirring stuff. Set to coincide with the release of her latest book – One Thousand Drawings – the show (Emin's first in London for four years) consists predominantly of her often brutal artistic scrawlings.

Centering on an animation of a woman masturbating – drawn in Emin’s trademark left-handed style – the film was produced (in the words of the artist herself) as ‘a symbol of lust and loneliness'.

Emotionally elaborate the show may be, but at the heart of Emin’s latest airing is a strong sense of draughtsmanship.

Contamination of the Soul, 2008.

Contamination of the Soul, 2008.

(Image credit: © the artist. Photography: Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube)

Those who suffer Love, 2009.

Those who suffer Love, 2009. 

(Image credit: © the artist. Photography: Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube)

Trauma Time, 2009.

Trauma Time, 2009. 

(Image credit: © the artist. Photography: Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube)

Twin Brain, 2009.

Twin Brain, 2009. 

(Image credit: © the artist. Photography: Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube)

Forget about love, 2009.

Forget about love, 2009.

(Image credit: © the artist. Photography: Todd-White Art Photography. Courtesy White Cube)

Insane Reflection II, 2005.

Insane Reflection II, 2005. 

(Image credit: © the artist. Courtesy White Cube)

Like It Should Feel Good, 2009.

Like It Should Feel Good, 2009.

(Image credit: © the artist. Photography: Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube)

Power line, 2009.

Power line, 2009. 

(Image credit: © the artist. Photography: Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube)

Suffer Love II, 2009.

Suffer Love II, 2009. 

(Image credit: © the artist. Photography: Stephen White. Courtesy White Cube)

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