Tracey Emin & Sarah Lucas, The Last Night of the Shop 3.7.93, 1993

From the Tate Gallery:

'The Shop' was a project created by Emin and Lucas for marketing their work. For six months they rented a space, formerly a doctor's surgery, in Bethnal Green Road in east London, where they made and sold solo and collaborative work. On Emin's thirtieth birthday the Shop closed with an all-night party sponsored by Zeiss beer titled 'Fuckin’ Fantastic at 30 and Just About Old Enough to do Whatever She Wants’The Last Night of the Shop 3.7.93 thus commemorates both events. It is a khaki-green cotton corduroy wall-hanging, hemmed with large yellow stitches, on which the artists pinned over a hundred hand-made paper badges of the sort they had made and sold in the Shop. These were created from safety pins glued onto the back of items cut out from magazines and newspapers. They include photographs of film stars, pop stars, art stars and politicians, cartoons, fragments of newspaper headlines, a large picture of a plate of fish and chips and the work’s title, written by Emin in her signature handwriting. The badges range in mood from comic through lewd to violent, illustrating themes common to the work of both artists at that time. 

 

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