Lot 308: Idealized Smoker's Chest #2

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July 1, 2008, 2:00 PM WET
London, United Kingdom
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Description: Sarah Lucas (b. 1962) Idealized Smoker's Chest #2 chair, two footballs, cigarettes and bra 32¼ x 23 5/8 x 19 5/8in. (81.9 x 60 x 49.9cm.) Executed in 1999
Artist or Maker: Lucas, Sarah (b. 1962)
Literature: Y. Dziewior & B. Ruf, Sarah Lucas: Exhibitions and Catalogue Raisonné, Ostfildern-Ruit 2005, p. 154.
Provenance: Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Notes: Property from a Distinguished American Collection
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"Sex and the body, Lucas's perpetual themes, might seem opposed to Conceptual art, which is an art of ideas not forms. But what 'Conceptualism' means in art nowadays is not dematerialized form but content apprehended in a rather distanced way. That is, distanced from what the subject initially appears to be. The audience has been taught to understand that a typical work by Lucas will have something standing for something else: objects standing for a body -- because nowadays, it is assumed, there's no way to see the body except through the matter of everyday life" (M. Collings, "Get Hold of This", in Sarah Lucas, London 2002, pp. 53-55).

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