Emin and Archbishop collaborate in spiritual art
Tracey Emin and the Archbishop of Canterbury are unlikely collaborators, but the two are linked in an exhibition of contemporary spiritual art in St Paul's Cathedral next month reports the Daily Telegraph.
Emin, notorious for Everyone I've Ever Slept With, an embroidered tent, and My Bed, the Turner Prize entry featuring condoms and soiled sheets, is one of nearly 30 artists in the show.
She has contributed a monoprint entitled The Disposition showing Christ's body being taken down from the cross.
Dr Rowan Williams has written the preface to the catalogue for the exhibition Presence, which focuses on depictions of Christ and follows the Seeing Salvation exhibition at the National Gallery four years ago.
Despite Emin's work, the most controversial piece could be a video installation by the American artist Bill Viola showing a 12ft-high image of a naked man slowly rising from a tank of water.
Among the artists represented are Craigie Aitchison, John Bellany, Chris Gollon, Maggi Hambling and Peter Howson, who was a war artist in Bosnia.
Five other cathedrals will be also displaying art works over the following months as part of the event, which was inaugurated by BibleLands, a Christian charity, to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
The St Paul's exhibition will run from Feb 2 to 13, followed by Canterbury Cathedral (Feb 22 to April 12), Glasgow (March 22 to April 12), Worcester (March 29 to April 23), Lincoln (April 27 to June 4) and Durham (July 31 to Sept 5).