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Tits in Space

Wallpaper
2000 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Sarah Lucas designed this wallpaper, which she calls 'Tits in Space', for her solo exhibition, The Fag Show, at Sadie Coles HQ in Heddon Street, London, in 2000. The wallpaper is printed with the images of disembodied breast-like shapes sculpted from cigarettes. This was the backdrop to an eccentric collection of objects - garden gnomes, chairs, and vacuum cleaners - each of which had some kind of sexual appendage, and was covered with a ‘skin’ of Marlborough Lights. For Lucas, smoking is part of a laddish life-style in which the relation between the sexes is reduced to crude innuendo, vulgar gestures and sexual slang. Much of her work focuses on this interface between fine art and what we might call ‘tabloid’ culture. This wallpaper has since been hung in the foyer of the Visual Arts Department of the British Council at their offices in Portland Place, London.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Screenprint on paper
Brief Description
Hand printed wallpaper, 'Tits in Space' by Sarah Lucas, 2000
Physical Description
An unused roll of wallpaper with design of balls covered in a 'skin' of cigarettes, repeated on a black ground
Dimensions
  • Length: 10m
  • Width: 52.5cm
Production typeUnlimited edition
Gallery Label
Given by Sadie Coles
Credit line
Given by Sadie Coles HQ
Object history
This wallpaper was first exhibited as the backdrop to other works by Sarah Lucas in her exhibition 'The Fag Show', at Sadie Coles HQ, her London gallery at the time. It has since been hung in the foyer of the Visual Arts Department of the British Council at their offices in Portland Place, London.
Production
Reason For Production: Exhibition
Subjects depicted
Summary
Sarah Lucas designed this wallpaper, which she calls 'Tits in Space', for her solo exhibition, The Fag Show, at Sadie Coles HQ in Heddon Street, London, in 2000. The wallpaper is printed with the images of disembodied breast-like shapes sculpted from cigarettes. This was the backdrop to an eccentric collection of objects - garden gnomes, chairs, and vacuum cleaners - each of which had some kind of sexual appendage, and was covered with a ‘skin’ of Marlborough Lights. For Lucas, smoking is part of a laddish life-style in which the relation between the sexes is reduced to crude innuendo, vulgar gestures and sexual slang. Much of her work focuses on this interface between fine art and what we might call ‘tabloid’ culture. This wallpaper has since been hung in the foyer of the Visual Arts Department of the British Council at their offices in Portland Place, London.
Bibliographic Reference
Illustrated in a review of 'The Fag Show' by Sarah Kent in Time Out, March 8-15 2000, p.54
Collection
Accession Number
E.832-2000

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record createdJune 23, 2000
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