REVIEW: "Under the Skin" @ Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
This summer, amongst the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s Central district, Lehmann Maupin Gallery hosted a group exhibition titled “Under the Skin,” featuring a small collection of seven artworks by Tracey Emin, Klara Kristalova, Alex Prager, Robin Rhode, Juergen Teller and Erwin Wurm. Linked by the works’ engagement with figurative representation, the show displayed a diverse range of mediums from monoprint and watercolor to photography and sculpture, most of which explore notions relating to identity, society and isolation.
“Under the Skin”—the overarching theme for the exhibition and also the title of Tracey Emin’s selection of works—was a bold attempt at inviting viewers to look deeply into, as well as examine, their feelings, fears and emotions. Emin’s works, which often draw from her own personal experiences, are brutally honest in their conveyance of her inner struggles. A leading figure of the Young British Artists movement, and a Turner Prize nominee for her work My Bed (1999), Emin is known for her raw and revealing portrayal of human sentiment in her works, which frequently exposes people at their most intimate and vulnerable moments.