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London, Tate Britain, “Sarah Lucas: Happy Gas”.. and More

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Tate Britain, “Sarah Lucas: Happy Gas”

Sarah Lucas, ‘COOL CHICK BABY,’ 2020, Collection of Alexander V. Petalas © Sarah Lucas. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ. Photo: Robert Glowacki.

Tate Britain in London presents “Sarah Lucas: Happy Gas” through January 14, 2024. Sarah Lucas (b. 1962) has challenged understandings of sex, class, and gender with provocative images that utilize everyday objects, and gained international recognition as a member of the Young British Artists (YBA) in the 1990s. Her sculptures, photographs, and newsprint works are celebrated for pioneering feminist discourse and representations of the female body.

The exhibition presents more than 75 works spanning four decades of Lucas’s career, centered around sculptures made between 2019 and 2023, whose central motif is the figure of a seated woman. Unlike her earlier sculptures made from everyday objects such as tights, food, and cigarettes, the new works use bronze, resin, and concrete. Some of her early seminal works are also featured; Works made from tabloid newsprints, ‘Sod You Gits (1990)’ and ‘Fat, Forty, and Flab-ulous (1990),’ along with her most widely recognized portrait, ‘Eating a Banana (1990).’

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Bigaignon: Bernard Joubert’s minimalist paintings

Bernard Joubert. ‘Paris_05,’ 1976, Courtesy Bigaignon.

Through October 22, Bigaignon Gallery in Paris presents “LE FIXE ET LE VARIABLE (The Fixed and the Variable),” a solo exhibition by French minimalist painter Bernard Joubert (b. 1946).

Joubert has been creating ribbon paintings. He paints colored lines on ribbons and attaches them to walls in geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, and trapezoids. The figures are open on one side, thus leaving room for the viewer to intervene and imagine the finished form. In the 1970s, Joubert attached identically sized ribbon paintings to the streets of New York, Paris, Venice, and Brussels and photographed them. The 200×4.5 cm rectangles of white and black ribbon take on different meanings depending on their surroundings.

Joubert’s photography and ribbon paintings address the interplay between the painting and its surrounding space. The exhibition presents his series of ribbon paintings and photographs.

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Museion: “HOPE” Exhibition and the TECHNO HUMANITIES project

AbuQadim Haqq, ‘Museion Wormhole,’ 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

The Museion-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano-Bozen presents the international group exhibition “HOPE,” on view through February 25, 2024. “HOPE” is the final part of the exhibition trilogy of the “TECHNO HUMANITIES” project, the museum’s three-year research project that has explored contemporary life and human beings at the intersection of ecology, technology, and economics. The project began in 2021 and presented the exhibition “TECHNO” in 2021 and “Kingdom of the Ill” in 2022.

Taking its cue from the museum’s building, which resembles an alien UFO, the exhibition compares the museum to a spaceship, a time capsule, and a portal to another dimension. New commissions and works from the museum’s collection are featured, combining science and fiction to develop hopeful imaginings of the future, past, and history. Performances and public events also take place during the exhibition.

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