$185,000 Raised For MOCA North Miami
Through Auction of Five Neon Works by Tracey Emin at Phillips
The auction of five sculptures by Tracey Emin at Phillips has raised $185,000 in support of MOCA. The new series of works, titled Loving, were created by Emin earlier this year and transcribe the artist’s handwriting into five vibrant colors of neon. Four of the works were featured in an evening sale in Phillips’ New York auction house on November 6, where the top price was $38,500 for Loving (seacrest). Loving (pink) sold November 12 as part of the Phillips Contemporary Art Day Sale, commanding a price of $62,500.
The auction of the works for MOCA builds on a longstanding relationship between the artist and the museum that dates back to MOCA’s 1998 acquisition of Emin’s seminal film Why I Never Became a Dancer—the first of the artist’s works to be purchased by an American museum. MOCA opens the artist’s first American solo museum exhibition, Tracey Emin: Angel without You, as part of its Knight Exhibition Series, on December 4, 2013, in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach.
“We are deeply grateful to Tracey for this generous gift to the museum, which will support our ongoing programming and educational initiatives, and to Phillips for sponsoring these auctions,” said MOCA’s Interim Director and Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld. “MOCA is dedicated to spotlighting pivotal artists of our time, and to providing a platform to emerging and established artists who may be underrepresented in the United States. Tracey’s neon sculptures are among the most compelling in her accomplished body of work, and yet have never been comprehensively explored. We look forward to illuminating this ongoing chapter of her career with our upcoming presentation of Angel without You.”
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