[March 8 2022]
‘When the gallery asked me to curate a show at White Cube Paris salon I was exhilarated and also thought, fuck – both nervous and anguished. How to dare… At the same time, it felt pretty safe… A big gallery with great artists, and with friends. At this time I saw immense and great exhibitions, including those of Anne Imhof and Robert Mapplethorpe. The body is beautiful and we are happy to present a story of our time, one that proposes a new stage of opportunity and strength. I hope that my Deleuzian assemblage, like a code of conduct, will allow you to desire the show as an ensemble, even if it’s in their singularities that I adore each and every one of the artists. Sweet Lust everybody!’ – Michèle Lamy
The artworks presented at ‘Sweet Lust’ date back to 1929. They are born of Lamy’s visceral response to specific works that agitate preconceptions of the body and its representation. Revitalising this age-old preoccupation, the exhibition is a melange of 25 artists celebrating poetics of the body – from the material flesh of corporeality, to its desires, drives and impulses – and the amorphous ways it has found expression in art. The exhibited artists are Korakrit Arunanondchai, Nairy Baghramian, Giovanni Bassan, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Marco Brambilla, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Robert Colescott, Somaya Critchlow, Julie Curtiss, Tracey Emin, Katharina Fritsch, Mona Hatoum, Anne Imhof, Lee Lozano, Sarah Lucas, Christian Marclay, Pierre Molinier, Bruce Nauman, Rick Owens Furniture, Francis Picabia, Scarlett Rouge, Sarah Slappey, Alina Szapocznikow and Jwan Yosef.
On view now until April 30 2022 at White Cube Gallery
10 Avenue Matignon, Paris 75008
Curated by Michèle Lamy and Mathieu Paris