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Arts diary

I had a surreal evening on Thursday when I was among 30 or so invitees to the Roundhouse in north London to watch an even more surreal performance. The Roundhouse has, of course, been closed for years. The former railway shed which was the scene of legendary rock and drugs concerts in the Sixties and Seventies no longer has any seats in it.

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For centuries, to proclaim oneself as both female and an artist was to risk being seen as decadent, sexually suspect, `unnatural'. And yet there is a rich history of self-portraiture by women who, undeterred by the restrictions of `femininity', have insisted on making their own image. By Suzanne Moore

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If you've hankered after a piece of original art by one of Britain's rising stars, but earn barely enough to keep Charles Saatchi in picture hooks, scrimp and save no longer, says John Windsor - your time has come to join the collectors.

Moralists primed as rebel artist goes back on TV

Fresh from her successful attempt to liven up a turgid arts show on Channel 4 on Tuesday night, conceptual artist Tracey Emin is back on the channel tonight in another discussion programme.

TV Review: The Turner Prize Discussion

Chief amongst their tormentors was the artist Tracey Emin, not quite legless (since she lurched out halfway through the programme) but certainly well beyond the reach of reason. At first the other guests (and the studio director) simply tried to pretend she wasn't there - much as you do when some weirdo gets on a tube train and begins ranting on about the risen Christ

Of course the Turner Prize should really have gone to the chat show

I've long been a fan of "installation pieces", those frightfully clever descendants of the tableaux vivants that amused provincial art lovers in the Thirties. And knowing that Ms Gillian Wearing was on the shortlist for the Turner Prize, I switched on Channel Four on Tuesday night with lively interest. Ms Wearing, let me remind those in the slow lane of art appreciation, is an installationist of striking inventiveness. One of her recent pieces, 60 Minute Silence, is a gripping, hour-long video of a platoon of police officers posing in fidgety silence for the camera. In a piece for The Guardian the other day, she explained how she'd seen a chap on a beach firing a gun at a passing 747 and how this represented a complicated statement about impotence and technology. Ms Wearing can be relied on to make an installation out of anything.

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HOW WE MET: SARAH LUCAS AND TRACEY EMIN

The artist Sarah Lucas, 34, grew up in north London and studied at Goldsmiths' College. Famous for installations such as 'Two Fried Eggs and a Kebab', her work features in 'Sensation', the Royal Academy's notorious exhibition of pieces from the Saatchi collection. For six months in 1992, she co-ran an art 'shop' with her fellow artist Tracey Emin. Emin (far right), 34, grew up in Margate; she moved to London in 1987 to study at the Royal College of Art. Best known for her autobiographical works, such as the embroidered tent 'Everyone I Ever Slept With 1963-1995', she also features in 'Sensation'

Visual Arts: As Tracey Emin said to David Bowie: `Come into my tent'

Tracey Emin is one of the artistic Sensations about to go on show at the Royal Academy. David Bowie, pop star turned art writer, went to talk to her on behalf of `Modern Painters' magazine. Between them they offer an A to M (or is it an N to Z?) of Young British Art.

VISUAL ARTS

Sensation, The Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London W1 (0171-494 5615) 18 Sept-28 Dec

Arts: The new establishment

Next month, the Royal Academy is showing Charles Saatchi's vast collection of work by young British artists. It's a key moment - the point at which the avant-garde becomes the mainstream. Here, a celebrated chronicler of the Saatchi generation explains its significance, while over the next five pages we profile its 20 leading lights

Visual Arts: A Tart for her Art ...

Tracey Emin tells autobiographical stories through her artwork. Intimate, funny tales full of bedroom banter and bare-faced cheek. By Matthew Collings

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