Tracey Emin on Her Deeply Personal Work
Once stricken by poverty, abandonment and other traumas, acclaimed artist Tracey Emin turned to art as a lifeline and an expression of herself. In doing so, she also broadened common conceptions of art—what it is, what it can be, and who can make it. “I feel physically ill if I don’t make work, I don’t create,” she explains of her process, detailing the intrinsic connection between her personal life, her body and her artistic output. Read more about Emin’s work and her current show, A FORTNIGHT OF TEARS, at Dazed.
Industrial Waste as a Resource
More than recycling or upcycling, designers like Sophie Rowley, Mieke Meijer and Jorge Penadés use garbage, scraps and waste as a resource that can be molded into new materials. From Penadés’ reconstituted leather to wood made from newspaper (the work of Meijer, called NewspaperWood), brands like Hermès and Peugeot are tapping these materials for beautiful products. Read more about our material age—one of transition and reclamation—at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
ArtNet’s Guide to Frieze Los Angeles
For anyone who plans to navigate LA’s debut international art fair week, ArtNet has assembled a guide to Frieze and the tangential fairs. As an anchor event, Frieze Los Angeles will bring an onslaught of galleries to the city for the first time. Felix, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Spring Break LA, stART Up and Superfine will surely dazzle, delight or confound with their offerings. All the events stretch for periods between 13-17 February. Head to ArtNet to learn more.
A Site That Explores The News Before The News
The News Before the Storm is a site that showcases a series of clippings from newspapers the day before and earlier on the day of the world’s most horrific stories—for instance, 9/11 or the 2011 Japanese tsunami. By showing the two side-by-side, then melding them together through collage and overlay, the creators of the series, Ben Polkinghorne and Scott Kelly, investigate the ferociousness of the news cycle, and the utter damage a day’s events can do. See the rest of the series on their website.
King Tut’s Tomb Restored
From cleaning dust and mold to establishing protections against tourist trampling, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the Getty Conservation Institute have completed a 10-year restoration of King Tut’s tomb. Attracting as many as 4,000 visitors per day (even while the restoration was underway), the tomb is one of Egypt’s most popular and significant monuments. Read more about the efforts at History.com.