Sarah Lucas

British, b. 1962

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Sarah Lucas

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British, b. 1962

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A Young British Artist (YBA), Sarah Lucas has been satirizing British culture, sexuality, and gender stereotypes since the early 1990s. Often utilizing found objects, she makes confrontational, bawdy sculptures, installations, photographs, and mixed media works on paper, full of Freudian implications. Like Marcel Duchamp before her, she finds euphemistic potential in everyday items, explaining: “Things acquire, accrue a kind of powerfulness to them.” Food, furniture, pantyhose, and cigarettes are the most common objects she incorporates into her work, crafting them into abject, hyper-sexualized genitals and fragmented human bodies, alongside cast concrete and bronze sculptures. In Au Naturel (1994), an early work and a taste of what was to come, Lucas evokes a couple in bed through the choice placement of two melons and a pail next to a cucumber and two oranges on a worn mattress.

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$905k, Sotheby's, 2014
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Solo show at a major institution
Aspen Art Museum, and 4 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 15 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 6 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

A Young British Artist (YBA), Sarah Lucas has been satirizing British culture, sexuality, and gender stereotypes since the early 1990s. Often utilizing found objects, she makes confrontational, bawdy sculptures, installations, photographs, and mixed media works on paper, full of Freudian implications. Like Marcel Duchamp before her, she finds euphemistic potential in everyday items, explaining: “Things acquire, accrue a kind of powerfulness to them.” Food, furniture, pantyhose, and cigarettes are the most common objects she incorporates into her work, crafting them into abject, hyper-sexualized genitals and fragmented human bodies, alongside cast concrete and bronze sculptures. In Au Naturel (1994), an early work and a taste of what was to come, Lucas evokes a couple in bed through the choice placement of two melons and a pail next to a cucumber and two oranges on a worn mattress.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$905k, Sotheby's, 2014
User
Solo show at a major institution
Aspen Art Museum, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 15 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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How Artists Reclaimed Pantyhose to Make Provocative Sculptures
Oct 1st, 2019
How Artists Reclaimed Pantyhose to Make Provocative Sculptures
Sarah Lucas’s Tired Feminism Is No Match for Our Current Reality
Nov 26th, 2018
Sarah Lucas’s Tired Feminism Is No Match for Our Current Reality
8 Women Who Turned Food into Feminist Art
Dec 30th, 2016
8 Women Who Turned Food into Feminist Art
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