When Stanley Kubrick paired soaring Beethoven with depraved violence in A Clockwork Orange (1971), audiences were shocked. He was behind so many innovations in cinema that “Kubrickian” has become a shorthand adjective for touches inspired by him, from anachronistic music to the fluid camerawork he favoured. (more…)
Sarah Lucas shot to art stardom in the late 1980s with her bawdy, sexually charged works depicting body parts crafted from mundane, ‘found’ objects. A lemon for a breast; an errant mattress for a body; flesh-coloured tights stuffed to the seams to resemble a jutting phallus, a leg (or both) – Lucas’ art, which brazenly comments on contemporary gender tropes, death and sexuality, played a pivotal role in the rise of Young British Artist movement of the 1990s.
During that explosive period – where Lucas and her fellow YBAs (Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume et al) partied like rock veterans – her provocative aesthetic frequently divided opinion, as did her so-called stance on feminism. Today, despite swapping her native north London for a more rural life in Suffolk, the British artist is still unwaveringly relevant. Her latest exhibit, titled Power in Woman, is currently on display inside the North Drawing Room of Sir John Soane’s museum, London. Pitched against egg yolk-yellow walls and classical furniture, the show presents three grey plaster-cast mouldings of her muses, Yoko, Michele and Pauline, affixed to chairs or tables in various positions. (more…)