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Tracey Emin is a British artist who emerged in the 1980s, during the "Young British Artists" movement. She is noted for her provocative and controversial pieces, including "Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995," "My Bed" and "The Last Thing I Said To You is Don't Leave Me Here."
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Emin was short-listed for the prize two years later. Around the same tim, she released the controversial piece "My Bed." The piece, which featured Emin's own bed in a state of disarray following a period of depression due to a failed relationship, attracted significant media attention.
In 1999, Emin released a themed exhibition titled "Temple of Diana,
" which included a series of drawings inspired by the life of Princess Diana. She went on to complete several drawings of friend and model Kate Moss, including "Kate Moss," in 2000. In 2007, at the age of 44, Emin was chosen to join the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 2011, her largest major solo exhibition, "Love is What You Want," was held at the Hayward Gallery in London. The exhibition surveyed paintings, drawings, textiles, sculptures and videos that Emin had produced throughout her career.
Emin has released several autobiographical films focused on her troubled childhood and teenage years. She's also written several books, most notably a 2005 memoir titled Strangeland. In 2011, Emin was appointed as a professor of drawing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The following year, she was chosen to create a limited edition print for both the 2012 Olympics (London) and the 2012 Paralympic Games.
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