A MATTRESS, A BUCKET & SOME FRUIT / by Leo Crane

Sarah Lucas Au Naturel 1994

A mattress, a bucket and some fruit may not be the traditional way to approach a fine art nude, which is why Sarah Lucas’s Au Naturel (1994) immediately stands out. As one of the most provocative of the Young British Artists of the 1990s, Lucas’s work employs coarse visual puns and bawdy humour, confounding gender stereotypes. Here two melons and a bucket make a grungy, uninviting female, while an adjacent cucumber and pair of oranges make a ridiculous and comparatively undersized male.

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