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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

SOCAL | Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel at the Hammer Museum with Anne Ellegood

Date(s): June 25, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM  PST - 8:00 PM  PST



Members  I $15
Guests | $20

 
 

Please join ArtTable Southern California for a tour with Anne Ellegood, senior curator at the Hammer museum, of the first survey of one of the U.K.'s most influential artists, Sarah Lucas. 

Over the past 30 years, Sarah Lucas (b. 1962, London, UK) has created 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 furniture, cigarettes, vegetables, and stockings into absurd and confrontational tableaux that boldly challenge social norms. The human body and anthropomorphic forms recur throughout Lucas’s works, often appearing erotic, humorous, fragmented, or reconfigured into fantastical anatomies of desire.

Alongside new sculptural works created for the exhibition, Au Naturel features some of Lucas’s most important projects, including early sculptures from the 1990s that substitute domestic furniture for human body parts and enlarged spreads from tabloid newspapers from the same period that reflect objectified representations of the female body. In addition to the photographic self-portraits that Lucas has produced throughout her career, the exhibition features biomorphic sculptures including her stuffed-stocking Bunnies (1997–ongoing) and NUDS (2009–ongoing), the Penetralia series (2008–ongoing), and selections from her installations at the Freud Museum in London (2000) and the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2015). These works, which complicate inscribed codes of sexual and social normativity, have never been shown together in the United States.

Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel originated at the New Museum, New York, where it was curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Margot Norton. The Hammer's presentation is organized by our guide, Senior Curator Anne Ellegood. 
See here for recent press about the opening and Sarah Lucas' performance piece, "One Thousand Eggs: For Women."

Please join us for pre-event cocktails and conversation at a no host, drop in Happy Hour beginning at 4:30 across the street from the Hammer at the Napa Valley Grille, 1100 Glendon Avenue, or following the tour
 for dutch treat drinks and nibbles after our exhibition walkthrough at Audrey at the Hammer, the new restaurant in the museum's courtyard!

Thank you to Roni Feinstein, ArtTable SoCal cochair, for organizing this program. 

 
Image: Sarah Lucas, Au Naturel, 1994. Mattress, melons, oranges, cucumber, and water bucket, 33 1/8 x 66 1/8 x 57 in. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

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