She emerged as one of the major Young British Artists during the 1990s, with a body of highly provocative work. In the early 1990s she began using furniture as a substitute for the human body, usually with crude genital punning. In works such as Bitch (table, t-shirt, melons, vacuum-packed smoked fish, 1995), she merges low-life misogynist tabloid culture with the economy of the ready-made, with the intention of confronting sexual stereotyping. As with earlier works in which she had displayed enlarged pages from the Sunday Sport newspaper, the intention was to attack stereotyping on its own ground, using a base language given critical viability by an affinity to previous movements such as Situationism and Surrealism. She is also known for her confrontational self-portraits, such as Human Toilet Revisited (1998), a color photograph in which she sits on a toilet smoking a cigarette. In her 2000 solo exhibition The Fag Show, she explored her obsession with cigarettes as a material for art, suggesting the connection between smoking and sexually obsessive activity. The morbidity and provocative nature of her work has often elicited comparisons with Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst—her androgynous occupation of this masculine low-life domain gives her work much of its critical character.
Lucas studied in London at the Working Men’s College, London College of Printing (now London College of Communication), and Goldsmiths College. She represented Great Britain at 56th Venice Biennale (2014). Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2013) and the Henry Moore Institute (Leeds, 2012), and she has participated in group shows at the New Museum (New York, 2013), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2012), and Tate Britain (London, 2004).
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04 Mar 2015 - 27 Mar 2015
Sarah Lucas: Situation
Situation by Sarah Lucas is the first major solo show in London of the British artist bringing together...
02 Oct 2013 - 15 Dec 2013
Sense Uncertainty. A Private Collection
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19 Jun 2015 - 04 Oct 2015
Seeking to create an engaging and original project that actively involves the city and which addresses...
05 Nov 2014 - 11 Jan 2015
Palazzo Cavour, Turin
Le musée d’une nuit (script for leaving traces)
Paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations and editions by modern artists such as Man...
03 Oct 2014 - 20 Dec 2014
Fondation Hippocrène, Paris
No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the RFC
The Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation presents NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from...
02 Dec 2015 - 28 May 2016
The Rubell Museum
“The Pagad”, a group show curated by Rita Selvaggio brings together a constellation of artist...
21 Jan 2016 - 26 Mar 2016
Massimo De Carlo, Milan
The exhibition presents a group of works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, selected by the...
30 Jun 2016 - 16 Oct 2016
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel
Curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Margot Norton, this is the first American survey of work by British...
26 Sep 2018 - 20 Jan 2019
Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art
The collective exhibition Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art gathers works by more than thirty...
22 Sep 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
South London Gallery
The Family Guy is curated by Kenny Schachter, who also exhibits his works, and features pieces by the...
03 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
Simon Lee London
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Taking as starting point Walter Benjamin’s reflections, the exhibition gathers a group of women...
29 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel
First survey of Sarah Lucas, one of the UK’s most influential artists in USA. Bringing together more...
09 Jun 2019 - 01 Sep 2019
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