Thank God, Tracey Emin’s second-rate bed isn’t being saved for the nation – Telegraph Blogs

No oil painting (Photo – Saatchi Gallery)

Tracey Emin’s “My Bed” is being sold next week by Christie’s for an estimated £1.2m.

Emin has been bemoaning the fact that it will probably end up abroad. She’d much prefer a benefactor to buy it and install it in a British museum. She’s sad, too, that, because the work is less than 50 years old, the Government can’t stop it being sold abroad.

Good riddance, I say. Emin’s bed – made, or not made, in 1998 – marked the high point of silliness in modern art; the moment the need for skill and talent was replaced by the need for a high-profile stunt. The idiocy still goes on – in 2011, Emin, who has very little talent for drawing, was appointed Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy. The lunatics had overtaken the asylum.

Still, thank God, we haven’t reached the mad point where Emin’s meretricious works are treated on a par with a Rembrandt or a Van Dyck; where taxpayers’ money is frittered away on whimsical rubbish. In any case, there are plenty of unmade beds still available in this country – mine’s going begging this very moment.


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