Tracey Emin, ‘I COULD HAVE REALLY LOVED YOU (LIMITED EDITION ENGRAVED LAVENDAR SOAP)’, 2011, Alpha 137 Gallery
Tracey Emin, ‘I COULD HAVE REALLY LOVED YOU (LIMITED EDITION ENGRAVED LAVENDAR SOAP)’, 2011, Alpha 137 Gallery
Tracey Emin, ‘I COULD HAVE REALLY LOVED YOU (LIMITED EDITION ENGRAVED LAVENDAR SOAP)’, 2011, Alpha 137 Gallery
Tracey Emin, ‘I COULD HAVE REALLY LOVED YOU (LIMITED EDITION ENGRAVED LAVENDAR SOAP)’, 2011, Alpha 137 Gallery

Note: The price of this piece INCLUDES shipping and packaging from the US to anywhere in the world.
Back in 2011, Tracey Emin designed a limited edition engraved soap with original artwork packagaing for the UK charity "Art Against Knives" as part of Liberty of London's “National Treasures” collection. Three and a half thousand soaps were made, each individually wrapped in Emin designed paper bearing a poem by the famed artist. This is one of them.
ART AGAINST KNIVES GALLERY supports young people at risk of violent crime in London's most isolated communities. When asked why she supports the charity, Tracey Emin replied: “Because I am against people stabbing each other. Full stop.” This soap is in its original packaging - smells lovely -- and needless to say it has not been used. Not surprisingly, within weeks of these Emin items being offered by Liberty of London and Art Against Knives, both stores, galleries and web sites completely sold out. Half a decade later, it is now a desirable vintage Tracey Emin collectible! Some people are such Tracey fans, I've even seen them frame and exhibit the soap in shadow boxes. At least they'll have delicious smelling walls. You could too! (Others, needless to say, washed themselves with them and discarded the wrapper - so we think there are far fewer than 3500 extant today!) So we say, splurge. It will make you feel good -- and smell good too!

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Signature: unsigned, but comes with a sheet noting that it was printed in a limited edition of 3500 to support Art Against Knives. (see photo)

About Tracey Emin

A prominent member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), Emin works in a wide range of mediums, including film, painting, neon, embroidery, drawing, installation, and sculpture. Her work is intensely personal, revealing intimate details of her life with brutal honesty and poetic humor. She has spoken of “the narcissism behind what I do—the self, self, self—and how difficult it is for me to really share things, even though I think I am sharing all the time.” This paradoxical approach—at once audacious and confessional, narcissistic and self-deprecatory—earned Emin a nomination for the Turner Prize in 1999. Though she did not win, Emin received significant acclaim for her installation titled My Bed, which featured the artist’s unmade bed surrounded by personal items (from slippers to empty liquor bottles, cigarette butts, and condoms), exploring the allegorical qualities of a bed as a place of birth, sex, and death.

British, b. 1963, Croydon, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
The Line - One Artist Per Time, Dio Horia, Mikonos
2016
britARTnia, Opera Gallery, London
2015
Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
The Line - One Artist Per Time, Dio Horia, Mikonos
2016
Tracey Emin, New Monotypes, Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Alpha 137 Gallery Staff Favorites, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York
2017
Contemporary Magic, The Untitled Space, New York
2017
WORD UP, EHC Fine Art, Washington DC
2017
Self-Portrait, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei City
2016
Festive Christmas Exhibition, Tanya Baxter Contemporary, Hong Kong
2016
Christmas Exhibition, Tanya Baxter Contemporary, London
2016
britARTnia, Opera Gallery, London
2015
Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London
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