Waldermar Januszczak, Home is where the art is, The Sunday Times
'...this particular show is the most beautiful I have seen by her'
'Gone is the anger. Gone is the man-bashing. In their place, an air of wistful nostalgia seems to have seeped into her art. Where previously it was Margate’s darknesses and cruelty she remembered, here she seems to be reliving the nice bits. The sensuous experience of making love. The good side of having a boyfriend. '
'Some of this softening should probably be understood as a reaction to the sheer beauty of these exquisite exhibition spaces. Designed by the immaculately progressive David Chipperfield, Turner Contemporary is probably the most elegant gallery interior in Britain right now.'
'When you look out of the windows, all you can see is the sea, rolling and encompassing.
It’s a beautiful effect, and the proximity of the lapping water seems to have inspired a set
of gentle reflections in Emin, on love and blokes and paddling.'
'That scratchy touch of Emin’s, light as a sparrow, fragile as a chicken bone, dominates all these effects, and I fancy this will be recognised as the event at which Dame Tracey Emin, staunch defender of the artist’s touch, stepped fully out of the closet.'
'I have never seen Turner’s erotic drawings before. They are surprisingly steamy, and easily the most shocking exhibits here.'
'Margate’s sympathetic installation across three galleries gives maximum force.'
'The bright, sea-facing room contains blue gouaches... are the most beautiful things Emin has done – spare, light, unpretentious.'
'The flowing, looping outlines of fragile figures on white grounds suggest now turbulence or alarm, now ecstasy but always – as implied by the show’s title and helped by the view of the sea – a sense of the body overwhelmed by tidal waves of feeling.'
'...her tenacity and spirit of survival impress.'
'...the juxtaposition [with Turner and Rodin] is also a triumph for the democratisation of art, the breakdown of class and regional/metropolitan barriers, which Emin by her life-as-performance has helped effect in the past two decades.'
'The great thing about Margate’s show is that it is taking place here at all.'