Sarah Lucas, Selfish in Bed II, 2000. Digital print, 48 × 48 in (122 × 122 cm). © Sarah Lucas. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Join us for a special conversation between artist Sarah Lucas and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum, on the occasion of “Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel,” the first American survey of Lucas’s work. Initially associated with a group known as the Young British Artists (YBAs), who began exhibiting together in London in the late 1980s, Lucas is now one of the UK’s most influential artists. The conversation will take its cues from Lucas’s exhibition, which occupies the three main floors of the New Museum and brings together more than 150 works in photography, sculpture, and installation to reveal the breadth and ingenuity of her practice.
Sarah Lucas (b. 1962, London, UK) lives and works in Suffolk, UK. She was included in the now-legendary group exhibition “Freeze” (1988), organized by Damien Hirst at the Surrey Docks in London Docklands. For six months in 1993, she collaborated with fellow artist Tracey Emin on The Shop, for which the duo made and sold objects such as T-shirts, paper badges, and printed mugs in a London storefront. Lucas has since exhibited internationally, at institutions such as Tate Britain, London (2004); Tate Modern, London (2002); the Freud Museum, London (2000); Tecla Sala, Barcelona (2000); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1997); Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1996); Portikus, Frankfurt (1996); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1993). In 2005, a traveling retrospective of her work was shown at Kunsthalle Zürich, Kunstverein Hamburg, and Tate Liverpool. Recent solo exhibitions include “Good Muse,” Legion of Honor, San Francisco (2017); “INNAMEMORABILIAMUMBUM,” Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2016); “POWER IN WOMAN,” Sir John Soane’s Museum, London (2016); “Sarah Lucas,” Tramway, Glasgow (2014); the retrospective “SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble” at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); “NOB + Gelatin,” Secession, Vienna (2013); and “Ordinary Things,” Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (2012). Lucas represented Britain at the 2015 Venice Biennale with her exhibition “I SCREAM DADDIO.”