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Sarah Lucas

1962 | London, United Kingdom
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Sarah Lucas, Eating a Banana, 1990, black and white photograph, 74.9 x 81.9 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas

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British visual artist.

Since the 1990s, Sarah Lucas has been recognized for her provocative installations and photographs infused with British wit and humour. She belongs to the Young British Artists group – made up of graduates from Goldsmith’s College’s celebrated Fine Art program – a group that became famous because of the Sensation exhibition (Royal Academy, London, 1997). In order to disrupt certainties, the artist deconstructs gender codes by mixing well-known artistic references with crude allusions to pop culture. After producing essentially formalist sculptures during the 1980s, she discovered feminist theories, giving her art its true impetus.

Her works are oriented around an exploration of the popular British media’s extraordinary focus on sexuality, violence, and sensationalism in general. For a series of photographic self-portraits (1990-1998), she adopted defiant, anti-feminine poses, exaggerating and blurring gender roles by appropriating masculine constructions as a way of challenging the spectator. She also creates installations that display easily-understood, bawdy allegories. In 1994, Au naturel showcased a certain type of sexual education, with her characteristic biting wit.

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Sarah Lucas — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Lucas, Make Love, 2012, diptych: two chairs, tights, kapok, linen string, wire, 95.5 x 135 x 58 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Lucas, Au Naturel, 1994, mattress, melons, oranges, cucumber, bucket, 84 x 167.6 x 144.8 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Lucas, Self-Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996, c-print, 154.5 x 106.4 x 6 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas

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Sarah Lucas, Fighting Fire with Fire, 1996, black and white photograph, 182 x 134 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Lucas, Perceval, 2006, bronze, concrete, paint, 230 x 183 cm x 548 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Lucas, exhibition view Sarah Lucas, NOB + Gelatin, 2013-2014, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas, © Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

Sarah Lucas — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Lucas, exhibition view Sarah Lucas, Tramway, Glasgow, 2014, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas, © Photo: Keith Hunter

Sarah Lucas — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Lucas, Diego, 2014, tights, fluff, wire, wooden table, bricks, 117.5 x 75 x 75.4 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sarah Lucas, Me (Bar Stool), 2015, plaster, cigarette, stool, 100 x 60 x 56 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas

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Sarah Lucas, Tit-Cat Down, 2015, bronze, 69.5 x 90 x 35 cm, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, © Sarah Lucas, © Photo: Julian Simmons

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