Artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in new London show

British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

London - British artist Tracey Emin explores middle age in her new exhibition, entitled The Last Great Adventure Is You, opening on Wednesday.

The collection of new works is her first at the White Cube gallery in London in five years.

Featuring bronze sculptures, gouaches, paintings, large-scale embroideries and neon works, the show examines time and age, reported the BBC, and in Emin's words, "the simple realisation that we are always alone."

According to the gallery's website, the title of the exhibition, which is transcribed in neon in the exhibition, was originally intended by Emin as a reference to the "other person".

However, over the two years since she started developing the collection, she came to realise that the implication was once again coming back to the self.

Emin, 51, is famous for her unmade bed installation My Bed, which drew controversy in 1998 when it was uveiled. She was nominated for a Turner Prize in 1999 but did not win.

My Bed sold recently at auction for £2.5 million (S$5 million), a record for the artist.

Emin caused some controversy while promoting her latest exhibition for suggesting that motherhood is incompatible with being a great artist, reported the BBC.

The Last Great Adventure Is You is on till Nov 16.

Critic Jonathan Jones of The Guardian called the show "a masterclass in how to use traditional artistic skills in the 21st century. Where other artists of her generation look stupid when they take up charcoals or brushes, and undermine the myth of talent their readymades may have created - I shudder at the memory of Damien Hirst's last painting show - it turns out Emin was sitting on a suitcase of spare ability all along."