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February 02, 2015 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: World-Renowned British Artist Tracey Emin to Make Her Digital Debut in Canada With Valentine Art Installation at Oxford Properties' Richmond-Adelaide Centre

'I Promise to Love You' neon works will bring a digital valentine to Toronto and Emin's return to Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 2, 2015) -


Oxford Properties is pleased to announce that on February 2nd it will premiere digital artworks created by renowned British contemporary artist, Tracey Emin, at the Richmond-Adelaide Centre in downtown Toronto. The showing represents the first time ever the Turner Award winning artist's digital work has been exhibited in Canada and is the first overall showing of her work in the country in over 15 years.

Entitled I Promise to Love You, it features six works of digital neon art all dealing with the concept of love in a visual and thoughtful way. To coincide with Valentine's Day, the exhibit will be on display for the month of February via Oxford's ARTablet, which is located within the lobby of 130 Adelaide Street West, a part of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre. The installation was previously featured on the advertising screens at New York's Time Square in February 2013 as part of the Midnight Minute exhibition, through the UK-based S[edition], the world's leading online digital art marketplace and co-sponsor of this exhibit.

Described by Jonathan Jones of The Guardian as "clearly the most important British artist of her generation", Tracey Emin's I Promise to Love You is a series of six pieces, in which the glowing words-made of neon lights-slowly spell themselves out, as if being written by the invisible hand of the artist herself. The gentle electric pulsing of the text gradually builds into a searing, and forceful red, leaving the viewer in no doubt about the power of love.

Oxford launched the ARTablet in 2012 as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting art and artists. The ARTablet is composed of 16, 55-inch LED screens that feature a rotating gallery of artwork from moving image artists. The art content is curated by Public Art Management, and Oxford hosts several exhibits throughout the year. The Emin exhibit is, to-date, the highest profile exhibit hosted on Oxford's ARTablet.

Media are invited to attend to film or photograph the public interacting with the artwork. If you are unable to attend, we can provide imagery of the installation on request. An Oxford representative is also available to answer questions about the exhibit and discuss Oxford's ongoing commitment to supporting art and culture.

WHAT: Launch of digital public artworks by Tracey Emin
WHO: Tracey Emin, Artist
Curated by Ben Mills, Public Art Management
Commissioned by Oxford Properties
Co-Sponsored by S[edition]
WHERE: Richmond-Adelaide Centre
130 Adelaide Street West
WHEN: Beginning February 2
Open to the public between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

About Oxford Properties

Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate investment, development and management, with over 1,400 employees and over $20 billion of real assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Established in 1960, Oxford has regional offices in Toronto, London and New York, and the company's portfolio includes approximately 50 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hotel properties. Oxford is the real estate arm of the OMERS Worldwide Group of Companies. For more information about Oxford visit: www.oxfordproperties.com.

About Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She often uses events from her own life as inspiration for her art. Her work can be romantic, humorous, tragic, angry, hard-hitting or hopeful, and is often animated by a playful wit. Working across a wide range of media her body of work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, and needlework. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2008 Emin's first major retrospective was exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, subsequently touring to Malaga in 2008 and Bern in 2009. In 2010, Emin collaborated with Louise Bourgeois on a suite of works on paper, entitled Do Not Abandon Me. In 2011 the Hayward Gallery presented a major survey of the artist's work entitled Love is What You Want and the same year she became the Royal Academy's Professor of Drawing. In 2012 there was a solo exhibition of the artist's work at Turner Contemporary, Margate, and a touring exhibition of her films was organized by MALBA, Buenos Aires. Tracey Emin lives and works in London.

About S[edition]

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S[edition] presents an unparalleled selection of artists and artworks - starting from only $8 - with works by leading contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Aaron Koblin, Yoko Ono and many others. With an abundance of tools at their disposal, members can share, gift and invite friends to join the S[edition] community of artists, collectors, and curators.

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