Damien & Tracey - Latest Art

The Art Newspaper reports that Damien Hirst's plans for a large gallery, restaurant, and shop in his studio space in Newport Street in the south London area are a step closer to completion. The British artist says that he has just received planning permission for his new complex, scheduled to open in "two years time probably." Then there is Tracey. Passionate potter - not a label normally associated with enfant terrible artist Tracey Emin. But now Emin, better known for exhibiting her slept-in bed complete with intimate trappings, has made six cream glazed clay pots for a charity auction to be held in London on Tuesday. No stranger to exposing her life and body in the name of art, the 42-year-old took a less upfront approach with her pottery - she scratched "secret love messages", yet to be unveiled, into the pots before glazing them. Irish Art