Consumer Art

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  • Provenance

    Fundacja Lokal Sztuki / Lokal_30, Warsaw

  • Catalogue Essay

    Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, or Natalia LL, is a Polish-born pioneer of feminist art. In her most notorious series Consumer Art (1972-75), she bridges the gap between the analytical detachment of conceptual art and our everyday experience, promoting art as ‘a process that generates successive phases of reality.’ Here, we see 12 close-up images of the artist posing suggestively with a banana. Created at a time when items such as bananas were rare in Poland under communism and in the context of a sexually conservative society, the present work resonates in its conspicuous demonstration of consumerist desire and sexual freedom.

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Consumer Art

1974
Twelve chromogenic prints, mounted to board.
Each image: 11 x 15.4 cm (4 3/8 x 6 1/8 in.)
Overall: 43.5 x 46.5 cm (17 1/8 x 18 1/4 in.)

Signed and dated in ink on the mount. Printed title 'Consumption art' and date on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the mount.

Estimate
£12,000 - 18,000 

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London Auction 25 October 2019