Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel Amna Malik

ISBN: 9781846380549

Published: September 1st 2009

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101 pages


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Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel  by  Amna Malik

Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel by Amna Malik
September 1st 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 101 pages | ISBN: 9781846380549 | 9.51 Mb

Amna Malik opens her study of Sarah Lucass 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 suggestMoreAmna Malik opens her study of Sarah Lucass 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 Lucass 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 Lucass observations, moreover, violates certain assumptions about what kind of art women artists make. This, Malik proposes, is the significance of Lucass 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.

Lucass 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.



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