In Sarah Lucas’s universe, the mundane can become menacing, the erotic perverse, and the human condition inescabable from the grotesque. In this, her works become a mirror for reality, however uncomfortable that may be.
Now, having spent the last three decades tackling gender, sexuality, and identity with equal parts levity and absurdity, Lucas, a founding member of the Young British Artists movement, is finally getting her stateside due with her first comprehensive exhibition in America. Titled “Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel,” the retrospective has already made a splash at New York City’s New Museum over the winter, and will be making its way to the Hammer in Los Angeles, where it will be on view from June 9 through Sept. 1.
“Having developed a distinct visual vocabulary over the past thirty years, Sarah Lucas has been mining the fertile terrain of gender and power in works that draw from the legacies of surrealism and movements like Arte Povera while responding directly to critical debates within contemporary culture related to class, sexuality, representation, and desire,” said Anne Ellegood, senior curator at the Hammer Museum. “We look forward to presenting the breadth of her practice across [various] mediums to our audiences, who I think will be surprised, delighted, challenged, and intrigued by Lucas’s inventiveness with materials and ongoing commitment to challenging social norms with humor and formal agility.”
“Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel” is on view through Sept. 1.