Currently reading : Sarah Lucas Retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery London
The Whitechapel Gallery sees a retrospective of British artist Sarah Lucas, the often overlooked YBA who rose to fame alongside fellow Goldsmiths graduates Damien Hirst and Gary Hume in the early nineties. Appropriating everyday forms such as furniture and foods suggestive of male and female genitalia, he work goes beyond the art historical tradition of the ready-made, merging symbolic objects these with contextual references from British tabloid culture that defined the era, transforming the British stiff upper lip into a subtle smirk, provoking a stifled discussion of sex and sexuality.
The retrospective sees the artist work the London gallery with a selection of these defining pieces, from an opening, masturbating mechanical arm, through a physical timeline of her works to most recent towering phallic forms, Penetralia.
The exhibition runs until 15 December 2013