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Sarah Lucas (B. 1962)
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Sarah Lucas (B. 1962)

Where Does It All End?

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Sarah Lucas (B. 1962)
Where Does It All End?
wax and cigarette butt
2½ x 3¾ x 2½in (6.4 x 9.5 x 6.4cm.)
Executed in 1994/95, this work is from an edition of ten.
Provenance
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York.
Literature
'Brilliant! New Art from London', Minneapolis 1995 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, p. 64).
J. van Adrichem, 'Where Does It All End?', in: 'Parkett', No. 45, 1995 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, p. 86).
'Sarah Lucas', Rotterdam 1996 (another from the edition illustrated, pp. 13, 47).
'Sarah Lucas', Frankfurt am Main 1996 (another from the edition illustrated, front cover and p. 17).
'Minky Manky', London 1997 (another from the edition illustrated).
B. Riemschneider and U. Grosenick (eds.), 'Art at the Turn of the Millennium', Cologne 1999 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, no. 2, p. 327).
Exhibited
Lisbon, Centro de Arte Moderna, Gulbenkian Foundation, 'Treasure Island', Feb. - May 1997.
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Lot Essay

'Where does it all end?' is a prime example of Sarah Lucas' unique style of self-portraiture where she presents herself as alternatively crude, laid-back and defiant. The work is a play on the visual and linguistic expressions of anger and aggression. The colour of the wax has a certain degree of naturalism (red with anger), and obviously represents a situation of severe hostility. It can also be read as a face without skin. In this sense, the expression is not necessarily one of anger, but rather a threatening grimace that is naked and raw. The exasperated title is not a hopeful one and evokes an expression of resigned despair.
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