Exhibition

Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel

26 Sep 2018 – 20 Jan 2019

New Museum

New York
New York, United States

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The New Museum will present the first American survey of the work of British artist Sarah Lucas.

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Over the past thirty years, Lucas has become one of Britain’s most influential artists, creating a distinctive and provocative body of work that subverts traditional notions of gender, sexuality, and identity. Since the late 1980s, Lucas has transformed found objects and everyday materials such as cigarettes, vegetables, and stockings into absurd and confrontational tableaux that boldly challenge socially constructed norms. This presentation, which will encompass the three main galleries of the New Museum, will include a comprehensive selection of her sculptures, photographs, and installations, revealing the breadth and ingenuity of her art. The exhibition will particularly address the ways in which Lucas engages with the legacy of surrealism—from her clever transformations of everyday objects to her exploration of sexual ambiguity and the tension between the familiar and the disorienting or absurd. Drawing on art historical references, cultural stereotypes, and tabloid culture, Lucas’s works embrace ambiguity and paradox and take a demonstrative stance against puritanism, conformism, and misogyny with distinct irreverence and wit. The combination of these strategies results in a powerful evocation of the themes of death, sex, gender, and religion, as they continue to influence contemporary life. 

The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, and Margot Norton, Curator. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue copublished by the New Museum and Phaidon Press Limited. The catalogue includes an interview with Sarah Lucas conducted by Massimiliano Gioni, as well as contributions by Whitney Chadwick, Angus Fairhurst, Quinn Latimer, Maggie Nelson, Linda Nochlin, Margot Norton, and Anne Wagner.

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Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

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