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Tracey Emin appointed RA Professor of Drawing

15th December 2011

Artist Tracey Emin has capped off an impressive year by being named Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy, though the appointment has raised some eyebrows.

Once regarded as the wild child of the British art world, Emin has received a number of accolades in 2011, including having her work hung in Downing Street, being asked to contribute to two posters for the 2012 Olympic Games and launching a major retrospective at London's Hayward Gallery.

Now, the 48-year-old has been asked to become Professor of Drawing following a consultation between members of the General Assembly of Royal Academicians, which comprises a number of renowned artists and architects.

The decision has drawn criticism from many - with figurative painter Diana Armfield telling The Times she had seen what 'I suppose are drawings' by Emin, but that she 'wouldn't have thought that her talents were that way'.

However, the appointment was defended by Tate Galleries director Nicholas Serota, who said drawing is the foundation for everything Emin does.

'There will be a lot of people who say "What a lousy idea, she doesn't stand for classical drawing", but I think it's a great appointment. I think it's the thing for which she is most recognised internationally as well.'

Emin added that she is 'really excited' to be teaching again and hopes she can 'add something constructive' to the Royal Academy Schools.

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