Down to London Bridge and then to Bermondsey to find the White Cube which has been taken over by Tracey Emin with ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ showing three massive sculptures, photographs, paintings, drawings and other objects focussed on the themes of love, sex, death and fear. As with the best shows at the White Cube, all the spaces are well-used including the central corridor leading to the other galleries.
There is much to be seen. The boldest works are in South Gallery I with the dramatic Insomnia Room Installation, oversize photographs of Emin suffering from insomnia, and the bronze sculptures, ‘The Mother’, the only work within the tall and lofty gallery space 9x9x9, and ‘I lay here for you’ and ‘Another Hell’ in South Gallery II where they are surrounded by paintings and one of her neon works which adds a touch of liveliness to the otherwise sombre lighting of the Gallery. ‘The Mother’, which is quite moving, sensitive, gentle and beautiful, is related to Emin’s commission to be installed near the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo’s Museum Island in spring 2020.
Across the corridor in the renamed ‘Ashes Room’ with its grey walls, reflects on the different emotions of bereavement. loss and love from the death of Emin’s mother.
The sombre environment and lighting of the White Cube, along with Emin’s works, leaves you feeling reflective and perhaps just a little depressed, but, as you leave, a painting on the subject of love raises your mood back up again. This is a roller-coaster of emotions….