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Exhibition: Sarah Lucas Happy Gas

Location

Tate Britain,

Millbank, London,
SW1P 4RG

Dates

This exhibition CLOSED on Sun, 14th Jan 2024

Cost: £17

Description

A British artist's brash and tender exploration of what makes us human

One of the leading figures of her generation, Lucas is internationally celebrated for her bold and irreverent work, often exploring the human body, mortality, and very British experiences of sex, class and gender. This exhibition will bring together more than 75 works spanning four decades, from breakthrough early sculptures and photographs to brand new works being shown for the first time. Devised in close dialogue with the artist and presented in her own voice, this survey will take a fresh look at Lucas’s practice to date.

Sarah Lucas rose to prominence among the Young British Artists of the early 1990s. She attended Goldsmiths College from 1984-87 and showed her work in Freeze, the legendary exhibition curated by Damien Hirst in 1988. Exhibiting together and sharing a playful and daring approach to materials and images, this generation challenged the British art world and made an indelible impact on the cultural landscape.

Tate Britain’s exhibition will begin with some of Lucas’s early works from this era, including those made from tabloid newspaper spreads like Sod You Gits 1990 and Fat, Forty and Flab-ulous 1990. These introduce the artist’s use of innuendo and word-play, as well as her interest in feminist discourse and representations of the female body. Her early career will also be reconsidered as part of a wider story, from her childhood to her life today, highlighting her ongoing examination of social conditions beyond the confines of the art world.

A highlight of the exhibition will be a large gallery of recent sculptures made between 2019 and 2023, including ten new works which are being displayed for the very first time. Some show a return to the found objects and stuffed tights of Lucas’s early work, such as SUGAR 2020 and CROSS DORIS 2019, while others are rendered in finely cast bronze and resin. These recent works show how Lucas has continued to rethink the themes which have defined her career, including the objectification of the female form and the anthropomorphic potential of everyday objects, while consistently bringing fresh perspectives to her practice.


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This exhibition runs from Thu, 28th Sep 2023 to Sun, 14th Jan 2024

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Location

Tate Britain,

Millbank, London,
SW1P 4RG

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