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andlt;Pandgt;Amna Malik opens her study of Sarah Lucas's Au Naturel (1994) by asking andquot;Does art have a sex? And if so, what does it look like?andquot; 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 andquot;sexandquot; 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 andquot;highandquot; aesthetic ideas about the art object as a metaphoric play of meaning and its andquot;lowandquot; 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.andlt;/Pandgt;

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Does art have a sex? A study of Sarah Lucas's famous assemblage of objects that suggest male and female body parts.

Synopsis:

andlt;Pandgt;Does art have a sex? A study of Sarah Lucas's famous assemblage of objects that suggest male and female body parts.andlt;/Pandgt;

Synopsis:

Amna Malik opens her study of Sarah Lucas's

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781846380549
Author:
Malik, Amna
Publisher:
MIT
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Conceptual
Subject:
Lucas, Sarah
Subject:
Lucas, Sarah - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
European
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
AFTERALL Sarah Lucas
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 color illus.
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in

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