Sarah Lucas exhibition at Glasgow Tramway
Powerful retrospective targets the male dominated media world
When asked why the time is right for Scotland to host its first retrospective of the work of YBA Sarah Lucas, the Tramway’s director Sarah Munro is frank. ‘Her work is provocative, challenging and subverts attitudes towards the body, gender and sexuality,’ she says. 'These are topics of extreme relevance in today’s world.’
The show will contain new works as well as old, and while descriptions of the pieces on display haven’t been announced as yet, one key work will be ‘Fighting Fire With Fire x 20 Pack’, a meditation on smoking which uses 20 self-portraits of the artist. Lucas’ face is a constant throughout her work, particularly in the early days, as is the sculptural creation of hard ‘masculine’ forms dressed in soft female textures, for example a rock or a mannequin clad in tights.
‘On a personal level, I’ve wanted to work with Sarah for over 15 years,’ says Munro. ‘It’s all about getting the right moment and context. She’s an artist that had a real impact on me, from the first time I saw her work in the early 90s. She left school at 16, did a year at the Working Men’s College, created powerful, extraordinary series of self-portraits and felt like she was totally unintimidated by the male dominated media world around her. All those things inspired a young me, and her work today is stronger than ever.’
Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 31 Jan–Sun 16 Mar.