Tracey Emin

True Love Always Wins


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Not on display

Tracey Emin born 1963
Lithograph on paper
Image: 760 × 601 mm
Presented by Carl Freedman Gallery / Counter Editions, London 2016


This work is from a portfolio of eight prints by British artists commissioned by Counter Editions, London to celebrate the participation of Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Since 1912, prints and posters have been commissioned by host cities and participating nations for each of the Games, creating celebratory and inspiring meetings of art and sport. The prints in this portfolio have been produced by different printing presses and in differing edition sizes and are by: Tracey Emin (True Love Always Wins 2016 [Tate P14444]; Anne Hardy (Reflection 2016 [Tate P14446]; Howard Hodgkin (The Road to Rio 2016 [Tate P14450]; Sarah Jones (Cabinet [Spiral]) 2016 [Tate P14447]); Eddie Peake (Sweat 2016 [Tate P14448]); Benjamin Senior (Stroke Tempo 2016 [Tate P14445]); David Shrigley (Life is Fantastic 2016 [Tate P14451]); and Sam Taylor-Johnson (Wanderer Above the Sea of Dreams 2016 [Tate P14449]). Also is Tate’s collection is a portfolio of prints produced to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 (see Tate P14444P14451).

True Love Always Wins features Rio’s iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. The snaking mountain road symbolises the winding journey to achieve true love, represented by Christ’s outstretched arms at the summit. Known for her autobiographical work which chronicles a series of hapless relationships, this print carries particular poignancy given Emin’s announcement in March 2016 that she had married a rock in her garden in France: true love may not come in expected form but it will always prevail. True Love Always Wins encapsulates the optimism and positive energy that drives athletes and their supporters, and acts as an inspirational statement of hope and faith for all.

Laura Smith
August 2016

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