Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin ‘Do Not Abandon Me’: Collaboration or Desecration?
‘The Art Newspaper’ described it as collaboration between ‘two art titans’. ‘Where Art You’ website described the project as Louise Bourgeois’ attempt at ‘tutelage’. ‘The Guardian’ gave contrasting reviews- describing Tracey Emin as both a ‘visionary’ and ‘an outmoded, overexposed hangover from the heyday of Britart’. It would seem, no one can quite make their mind up – does the Hauser and Wirth Old Bond Street gallery’s exhibition ‘Do Not Abandon Me’ demonstrate a historic collaboration between two world-class female artists, or rather a travesty against Louise Bourgeois’ memory; Tracey Emin defacing the sacred artwork of an art legend?