MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, and Fontainebleau Miami Beach have commissioned British artist Tracey Emin to create new limited-edition works to commemorate Emin's first U.S. museum exhibition. Tracey Emin: Angel Without You will premiere at MOCA, North Miami on Dec. 4, 2013 as part of its Knight Exhibition Series and be on view through March 9, 2014. The items, which include a limited-edition beach towel, flip-flop sandals and T-shirt, will be available for purchase at the MOCA Shop and at Fontainebleau Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach week in December. The products will also be available online at www.mocanomi.org and www.fontainebleaushop.com.
The luxurious artist edition double-size beach towel is 100 percent velour cotton and measures 39 x 68 inches. The towel includes an image of Emin's neon work Kiss me Kiss me Cover my Body in Love (2010). The unisex rubber flip-flops feature Emin's neon work I Kiss You (2004) on the bottom of the sole, which leaves an imprint of the image on the sand. The V-neck T-shirt also features the work Kiss me Kiss me Cover my Body in Love (2010). The towel will retail for $95; flip-flops $40; and T-shirt $50.
In addition, to commemorate the collaboration, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has acquired a piece by Emin for installation at the iconic resort. The neon work I Followed You to The Sun, (2013), will be unveiled at the hotel during a special event with Emin during Art Basel Miami Beach.
"We are delighted by the opportunity to collaborate with Tracey and Fontainebleau Miami Beach on these limited editions, which will allow the public to take Tracey's words and work with them," said Bonnie Clearwater, Curator of MOCA's exhibition Tracey Emin: Angel Without You.
"We are excited and fortunate to be a part of this wonderful collaboration with Tracey Emin and MOCA," said Phil Goldfarb, President and Chief Operating Officer, Fontainebleau Miami Beach. "From its curvilinear Chateau Tower and signature bow tie floors, to its light installations and awe-inspiring chandeliers, the artistic forms that exemplify Fontainebleau all convey a feeling of delight and joy and Tracey's works in neon are seamlessly at home in that environment."
The flip-flops and towels to be sold during Art Basel Miami Beach continue Emin's longstanding practice of creating limited edition works, which would be accessible to the general public, beginning with The Shop (1993), which she set up with fellow artist Sarah Lucas to sell smaller objects and paraphernalia by both artists, including T-shirts and badges. Most recently, her limited editions and general products can be found in her shop in Spitalfields, London or online at www.emininternational.com
Tracey Emin: Angel Without You
Knight Exhibition Series
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, will kick off Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 with the opening of Tracey Emin: Angel Without You, the first U.S. museum exhibition of the acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin. The solo presentation is the first to focus predominantly on Emin's use of neon, an important material in many of the artist's works beginning with her iconic 1995 piece The Tracey Emin Museum, which will open the show. In addition to neons, Tracey Emin: Angel Without You will also include Emin's rarely screened 1995 film Why I Never Became a Dancer, which depicts scenes of Emin's seaside hometown, replete with neon signs. Acquired by MOCA in 1998, the film was the first of Emin's works to be purchased by an American museum.
The exhibition is generously made possible by an endowment to MOCA established by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Sponsored by Phillips, Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Inc. in Memory of Martin Nash, and David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Funding Arts Network.
About Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin (b. 1963, London) is one of Britain's most prominent contemporary artists and is internationally recognized for the blunt and revealing style that pervades her work. Drawing from personal experiences, Emin reveals emotional situations with brutal honesty and humor in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, embroidery, neon, installation, sculpture, and film.
Raised in the seaside town of Margate on the English coast, Emin studied printmaking at Maidstone College of Art, Kent, and continued her studies at Royal College of Art, London, where she earned a Master's degree in painting. Emin's first commercial gallery exhibition was held at London's White Cube Gallery in 1993. In 1999, Lehmann Maupin presented Tracey Emin's first solo gallery exhibition in the United States, Every Part of Me's Bleeding. Emin subsequently exhibited her infamous installation "My Bed" at the Tate Gallery, for which she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In 2007, she was chosen to represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist to ever do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In January 2013, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Emin a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts. Emin is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York and White Cube in London. Her limited editions and general products may be found at www.emininternational.com
About the Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami is internationally recognized as a force in defining new trends and directions in contemporary art. MOCA presents a continuous calendar of exhibitions and programming, including innovative education and outreach programs that make contemporary art accessible, understandable, and enjoyable to people of all ages. In 2012, MOCA was awarded the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service. MOCA's permanent collection reflects significant artistic developments in contemporary art by emerging and established artists from the U.S. and abroad. John Baldessari, Uta Barth, Hernan Bas, Jose Bedia, John Bock, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernandez, Dan Flavin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Pierre Huyghe, Ragnar Kjartansson, Alex Katz, Edward Kienholz, Mariko Mori, Albert Oehlen, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Nam June Paik, Philippe Parreno, Enoc Perez, Raymond Pettibon, Matthew Ritchie, Ed Ruscha, Yinka Shonibare, Gary Simmons, and Shinique Smith are among the artists whose works are included in the collection. The museum is located at 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161. For more information, please visit www.mocanomi.org or call 305.893.6211.
About Fontainebleau Miami Beach
A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology into a vibrant guest experience. A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication since its opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 guest rooms and suites appointed with lavish amenities and iMacs; 12 restaurants and lounges including three AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; two dynamic nightlife venues including the world-famous LIV Nightclub; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and invigorating treatments; a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape offering lush cabanas and sun loungers; and is home to BleauLive, the innovative concert series that combines intimate performances with memorable weekend escapes. For general information or accommodations at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, visit www.fontainebleau.com or call 1.877.512.8002.
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