Formats
Anthologies
109
Audio
294
Catalogues
344
Clothing
24
Editions
30
Ephemera
54
Literary
40
Monographs
156
Posters
257
Video
40
Zines
135

Shop > Monographs

#15056

Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel

Artist
Sarah Lucas
Writer
Amna Malik
Price
$25.95
Date
2009
Publisher
Afterall Books
Format
Monographs
ISBN
9781846380549
Size
15.1 × 20.1 × 101 cm
Length
112 pp
Genre
Criticism, Arts Writing
Description

Amna Malik opens her study of Sarah Lucas’s Au Naturel (1994) by asking “Does art have a sex? And if so, what does it look like?” Au Naturel is an assemblage of objects—a mattress, a bucket, a pair of melons, oranges and a cucumber—that suggest male and female body parts. Through much of Lucas’s work, and particularly through Au Naturel, Malik argues, we are placed in a position of spectatorship that makes us see “sex” as so many dismembered parts, with no apparent morality attached—no implication of guilt, shame, or embarrassment. The sardonic and irreverent nature of Lucas’s observations, moreover, violates certain assumptions about what kind of art women artists make. This, Malik proposes, is the significance of Lucas’s work for a later generation of artists who are unburdened by the need to insist on questions of gender and sexual politics as a necessary subject for the woman artist. Lucas’s shift between high and low art and culture operates as a shift between “high” aesthetic ideas about the art object as a metaphoric play of meaning and its “low” associations with the materiality of the literal object and its allusions to the genitals and sex. Au Naturel creates a series of associations that bring the ideal into collision with a base materialism emphasizing desire as a condition of the meaning of the object.

  1. Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel
 

Related Items

  1. Michael Asher and Anne Rorimer: Michael Asher: Kunsthalle Bern, 1992
  2. Alighiero e Boetti and Luca Cerizza: Alighiero e Boetti: Mappa
  3. Bas Jan Ader and Jan Verwoert: Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous
  4. Suzanne Hudson and Agnes Martin: Agnes Martin: Night Sea
  5. Dan Adler and Hanne Darboven: Hanne Darboven: Cultural History 1880-1983 (softcover)
  6. Dara Birnbaum and T.J. Demos: Dara Birnbaum: Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman
  7. Craig Burnett and Philip Guston: Philip Guston: The Studio
  8. Sonja Ivekovic and Ruth Noack: Sanja Ivekovic: Triangle
  9. Walker Evans and Oliver Richon: Walker Evans: Kitchen Corner
  10. Elizabeth Legge and Michael Snow: Michael Snow: Wavelength
  11. Peter Gidal and Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol: Blow Job
  12. Beverly Buchanan and Amelia Groom: Beverly Buchanan: Marsh Ruins
  13. Kodwo Eshun and Dan Graham: Dan Graham: Rock My Religion
  14. Sharon Lockhart and Howard Singerman: Sharon Lockhart: Pine Flat
  15. Mark Leckey and Mitch Speed: Mark Leckey: Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore
  16. Sabeth Buchmann, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Neville D’Almeida, and Hélio Oiticica: Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida: Block-Experiments in Cosmococa—Program in Progress
  17. Rodney Graham and  Shepherd Steiner: Rodney Graham: Phonokinetoscope
  18. Boris Groys and Ilya Kabakov: Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment
  19. Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Tom Holert: Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Celebration? Realife
  20. Michael Archer and Jeff Koons: Jeff Koons: One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank
  21. Patricia Lee and Sturtevant: Sturtevant: Warhol Marilyn
  22. Pierre Huyghe and Mark Lewis: Pierre Huyghe: Untitled (Human Mask)
  23. Mary Heilmann and Terry R. Myers: Mary Heilmann: Save the Last Dance for Me
  24. Peter Fischli, Jeremy Millar, and David Weiss: Fischli and Weiss: The Way Things Go
  25. Hollis Frampton and Rachel Moore: Hollis Frampton: (nostalgia)
  26. Stefan Gronert and Sigmar Polke: Sigmar Polke: Girlfriends
  27. Helen Chadwick and Marina Warner: Helen Chadwick: The Oval Court
  28. Nick Aikens and Elizabeth Robles: The Place is Here
  29. Anna Dezeuze and Thomas Hirschhorn: Thomas Hirschhorn: Deleuze Monument
  30.  Larissa Hjorth, Sarah Pink, Kristen Sharp, and Linda Williams: Screen Ecologies
  31. Sophia Yadong Hao: Of Other Spaces
  32. Ruth Buchanan: Where does my body belong?
  33. Sarah Cook: Information
  34. Les Levine: Transmedia, 1964 to 1974
  35. Making Art Global, Part 1

The Third Havana Biennial 1989
  36. Stephen Wetzel: [PAUSE]
  37. REARVIEWS VOLUME IV
  38. To Spoil the Party, To Set Our Joy Ablaze
  39. Jean Arnaud, Hubert Damisch, Thierry de Duve, Andrée Hayum, Annette Michelson, Michael Snow, Amy Taubin, Malcolm Turvey, and Kenneth White: October Files: Michael Snow
  40. Mieke Bal: Exhibition-ism: Temporal Togetherness