DirectnessSarah Lucas

Spanning the artist’s entire career and
featuring new sculptural works.


saraSarah Lucas: Au Naturel,
New Museum , NY

  The New Museum presents Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel, the first major survey in the United States of the work of British artist. The exhibition spans Lucas’s entire career, bringing together some of her most iconic works and series from the late 1980s to today. The show is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director Edlis Neeson and Curator Margot Norton. The title of the exhibition, Au Naturel, is taken from a sculpture Lucas created in 1994, in which an assemblage of objects suggestive of sexual organs adorns a mattress that slumps in the corner as if it were reclining. In an art historical context, “au naturel” commonly refers to paintings of female nude figures, and literally translates from French as “in the nude.” Applying the term to Lucas’s greater body of work, the title speaks to the immediacy, intimacy, and directness of her images and speculates on the possibility of a natural state, perhaps without the limitations of established social structures and gender conformity.