Sarah Lucas ('Eating a Banana')
by Sarah Lucas Click on the links below to find out more
Iris print, 1990
21 1/4 in. x 23 1/2 in. (540 mm x 598 mm)
Given by Sadie Coles HQ, 2001
- Sarah Lucas (1962-), Artist. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist of 12 portraits.
- Sarah Lucas (1962-), Artist. Artist of 12 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.
Photographic self-portraits have been an important element of Lucas's work since the early 1990s. Here we see one from a series of twelve self-portraits produced between 1990 and 1998. In these confrontational images, which complement Lucas's sculptural and installation work, the artist presents an identity which challenges stereotypical representations of gender and sexuality.
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