Penk is the Drug wrote:But he'd still have used his undeniable ability and given it some thought as to how best to do it. What kind of ability, and what kind of serious thought, does putting up a tent and writing "I shagged Insert Name Here" require?
You're falling into a tabloid trap here.
I'm not the world's greatest Emin fan or anything, but it's worth pointing out the following:
She embroidered the names of all the people she slept with onto the roof of a small tent. All the people she slept with, not just the ones she had sex with. It invcludes the brownie pack she was in as a kid. The embroidery is reflective of the way women's craft skills (knitting, crochet etc) tend to be ignored in serious debates about art. She's using a traditional technique to make a contemporary point.
And I think it's rather attractive. It's decorative, well made and actually conforms to quite a lot of conventional ideas of craft and beauty. Her ability to think the project through makes it more interesting that just scribbling a "list of shag partners".
Oh, and Picasso was reviled for being crap when he started in much stronger terms than those expressed regarding the YBA's. Time seems to sort out the good from the bad.