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In February 2017, Humber Street Gallery will present POWER IN WOMAN, an exhibition by British artist Sarah Lucas. Three sculptures will be displayed in the Gallery on the ground floor. The works were first shown as part of Lucas’s acclaimed commission by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Lucas’s contemporary bodies will here be set in a powerful dialogue with the exhibition COUM Transmissions, curated by Cabinet Gallery and Cosey Fanni Tutti.

The exhibition has been made possible with Art Fund support.

Over the course of two decades, Lucas has become recognised as one of Britain’s most significant contemporary artists. Spanning sculpture, photography and installation, her work has consistently been characterised by irreverent humour and the use of everyday ‘readymade’ objects – furniture, food, tabloid newspapers, tights, toilets, cigarettes – to conjure up sexual puns and corporeal fragments.

The three sculptures are part of a series of ten bodies cast in plaster, collectively titled the Muses, for which Lucas asked various friends to be cast. Each sculpture presents the female body as literally ‘topless’ – a pair of legs arrested at the waist, adopting a range of poses from the coy to the confrontational. Pauline sits poised on a chair, while Margot lies upon a chest freezer, her feet extending just beyond the sides. Michele reclines on a desktop, legs apart, in both an echo and a subversion of the traditional reclining nude. In both form and material, Lucas’s sculptures mirror classical plaster casts.

A symbol of daily life (and of death) is implied by the cigarettes which have been implanted in each figure, slyly puncturing their elegance. By placing the figures on items of furniture, Lucas returns to the use of everyday objects that has defined her career. The traditional plinth is replaced by the stuff of reality – in a juxtaposition of classical form and furniture.


Contains explicit content. Visitor discretion advised is advised; not suitable for young people.


64 Humber Street
01482 323484


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Opening times

Monday Closed (open on Bank Holidays)
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm (open until 8pm, first Thurs of the month)
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

Creative Credits

The exhibition has been made possible with Art Fund support.


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