EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tracey Emin's anger over No 10 artwork is 'lame', says ...

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tracey Emin's anger over No 10 artwork is 'lame', says ...
EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Tracey Emin's anger over No 10 artwork is 'lame', says ...

Tracey Emin no doubt expected to win plaudits from right-on friends in the art world when she demanded last week that her £250,000 neon sign artwork, More Passion, be removed from Downing Street.

Referring to the string of lockdown parties held there, she said: ‘I feel More Passion is the last thing this present Government needs. This current situation is shameful.’

But the artist, best known for her My Bed installation, has been handbagged by cross-dressing ceramicist Grayson Perry. The Turner Prize-winner calls her behaviour ‘lame’.

Tracey Emin (right) has been called 'lame' by Grayson Perry (left) after she demanded Downing Street remove her £250,000 neon sign artwork, More Passion, following revelations of parties during lockdown

Tracey Emin (right) has been called 'lame' by Grayson Perry (left) after she demanded Downing Street remove her £250,000 neon sign artwork, More Passion, following revelations of parties during lockdown

Artist Tracey Emin has called for her neon-artwork sign 'More Passion' to be removed from Downing Street

Artist Tracey Emin has called for her neon-artwork sign 'More Passion' to be removed from Downing Street

Like Emin, Perry has works in the Government Art Collection. But, unlike her, he wouldn’t dream of making demands about where they can be displayed. ‘My work has been in the offices of people I may not like, but I don’t complain,’ he tells me.

Speaking at the launch party for the book Bacon In Moscow, by James Birch, Perry adds: ‘I thought what she did was a bit lame.’ 

Her gesture was, he suggests, rendered even more pathetic by the fact that she’s supported the Conservatives in the past. 

‘Considering she is one of the few artists that has come out as a voting Tory, it seemed a bit ironic.’

Boris Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020

Boris Johnson and staff pictured with wine in Downing Street garden in May 2020

In 2012, Grayson admitted he was less than pleased to find out then Chancellor George Osborne had displayed his art. 

‘There was a moment when he had my Print For A Politician in his office, which didn’t thrill me,’ he said at the time. ‘You have to be really careful who you get associated with because you don’t want a toxic brand.’

But he didn’t ask for it to be removed. Despite being a darling of the fashionable Left, Perry has previously confessed that he finds people with conservative views ‘friendlier’.

He said: ‘The Left is more venal and has more antipathy to the opposition than the other way round. I would say the Right on average are friendlier and more open.’

Emin, 58, changed her allegiance from Labour after meeting David Cameron at a Conservative dinner. She was so impressed that she designed and donated the neon sign.

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As the daughter of Oscar winner Goldie Hawn and pop star Bill Hudson, Kate Hudson is used to being overshadowed. 

So now the actress has found a way to make sure she stands out. 

Kate Hudson turned heads when she arrived at The Drew Barrymore Show in New York dressed head-to-toe in neon green

Kate Hudson turned heads when she arrived at The Drew Barrymore Show in New York dressed head-to-toe in neon green

Hudson, 42, who has a son with British rocker Matt Bellamy, frontman for band Muse, went out this week dressed head-to-toe in luminous lime green. 

The Almost Famous star matched a neon jumper and maxi skirt with bright green pointed stilettos and bag. 

She was on her way to appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show in New York to talk about her eco-friendly protein brand. 

Well, if you’re promoting going green, this is how it’s done.

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