September 21, 2023


Art For Everyone

Sarah Lucas Wins New Museum’s Inaugural $400,000 Sculpture Prize

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British sculptor Sarah Lucas has been named the primary winner of the New Museum’s newly established Hostetler/Wrigley Sculpture Award. The $400,000 prize is known as for Sue Hostetler, a trustee of the New York modern artwork establishment and shall be bestowed upon a complete of 5 ladies sculptors in the middle of a decade. The cash helps a brand new fee by every artist for the museum, and covers related prices associated to manufacturing, set up, and exhibition; an honorarium for the artist is included within the quantity. Lucas has stated her work shall be titled Venus Victoria. Will probably be displayed on the museum’s plaza on the Bowery after work on a deliberate enlargement to the establishment is accomplished: Slated to be completed in 2022, the venture encountered delays associated to the Covid-19 disaster and its completion date is unknown.

The prize jury was composed of artists Teresita Fernández, Joan Jonas, Julie Mehretu, Cindy Sherman, and Kiki Smith. “We chosen Sarah Lucas’s proposal for its exuberance, vitality, and irreverence,” stated the jurors in a joint assertion. “Colourful, humorous, and radically joyful, Lucas’s proposal imagines an unconventional monument—an ‘unmonumental’ monument—celebrating ladies claiming house in public life. The title Venus Victoria is only a excellent omen.”

Lucas rose to prominence within the early Nineties as a part of the cohort often known as the Younger British Artists, or YBAs. She is thought for sculptures embodying provocative or bawdy visible puns and infrequently incorporating on a regular basis supplies like fruit and furnishings. A 1994 work, Au Naturel, for instance featured mattress, a bucket, a pair of melons, oranges and a cucumber organized to recommend bare female and male our bodies. In 2018, the New Museum staged a serious exhibition of her work, “Au Naturel.” A survey of Lucas’s oeuvre will open at London’s Tate Britain on September 28.


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