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Ace in The Hole

Date: 1998

Materials: Tights, stockings, 4 chairs, clamps, kapok, stuffing, and card table

Dimensions: Variable

Credit: Sender Collection

A big part of the immediate appeal of Lucas’s sculptures stemmed from her bold use of iconic images derived from popular culture and our fantasies: genitals and cropped body parts, food and cigarettes, and the uncanny aspects of so-called everyday life. Representative of her earlier work is Ace in The Hole (1998), in which four exhausted stuffed figures sit in sexually suggestive positions on chairs, headless and thus literally absent-minded.


Co-curator Daniel Baumann about noticing hidden details in the work of Sarah Lucas

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