Artist Sarah Lucas represented Britain at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale 2015 with her major solo exhibition in the British Pavilion, I Scream Daddio. Widely recognised as one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists, Lucas’s work spans sculpture, photography and installation. Her work has consistently been characterised by its irreverent humour and deft use of ‘ready made’ objects.
Lucas’ solo exhibition at the British pavilion was accompanied by a book, designed by Julian Simmons and published by the British Council. To celebrate the launch of the book Kvadrat created a bespoke bag in our Waterborn textile.
Sarah Lucas (b. 1962, London) studied at the Working Men’s College (1982–3), London College of Printing (1983–4), and Goldsmith’s College (1984–7). The seminal group show Freeze (1988) was followed by solo shows Penis Nailed to a Board, City Racing, London, and The Whole Joke, Kingly Street, London (both 1992). In 1993 she collaborated with Tracey Emin on The Shop, Bethnal Green Road.
She has since exhibited internationally – major exhibitions include MoMA New York (1993); Museum Boymans-van Beunigen, Rotterdam (1996); Portikus, Frankfurt (1996); the Freud Museum, London (2000); and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (with Angus Fairhurst and Damien Hirst) at Tate Britain (2004). Recent international residencies and exhibitions include LUCAS BOSCH GELATIN, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria and NUZ: Spirit of Ewe, Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand (both 2011); Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Mexico City (2012; recently chronicled in the encyclopaedic book TITTIPUISSIDAD with photography by Julian Simmons); and Ordinary Things, a major exhibition of her sculpture, at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2012). From 2012-13, SITUATION – a space dedicated to her work at Sadie Coles HQ – hosted eight shows. 2012 saw the publication of After 2005 – Before 2012, a publication on her work covering seven prolific years. The British Council’s commission follows on from her major retrospective, SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble at Whitechapel (2013), and surveys of her work at Secession in Vienna (2013 – 14) and at Tramway in Glasgow (2014).