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Tracey Emin will “not compromise” with London 2012 poster

The 2012 Olympics are currently the cause of much controversy here in the UK.

Tickets are the problem. Or the lack of.

Just 700,000 people out of the 1.9m that applied managed to get their hands on some in the public ballot.

And amid such a storm, it is perhaps fitting that “controversial artist” Tracey Emin should be named among the poster designers for the Games.

Best known for her My Bed and Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963 – 1995 exhibits, Emin is always happy to shock. She’s told Bloomberg she will “not compromise” with her piece.

Seb Coe – you have been warned…

Seb Coe and Tracy Emin

“Shock me”… Seb Coe, chairman of Olympics organisers LOCOG, with Tracey Emin

Twelve artists will each design a poster for next year’s Cultural Olympiad, with Turner Prize winners Martin Creed and Rachel Whiteread also among those selected.

Olympic posters can make for highly prized collectibles, and Emin is always a big hit at auction.

In 2007 a hand-made blanket by her achieved £800,000, while a specially designed Fiat 500 made £42,000 in the same year.

The posters will debut at Tate Britain in June 2012.

By Dan

Photo from: LOCOG

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