New York

Sue Williams

Loughelton Gallery

Deals are made, hearts are broken, but Sue Williams will have none of that. The great appeal of her work lies in its utter refusal to perpetuate any sense of business as usual. This stance, arrived at through adamant hyperbole and acerbic humor, enables the artist to target certain patriarchal power relations in their most banal and perverse forms. Take Better Luck Next Time, 1989, a cluster of grisaille vignettes which snowballs into a seething fatalism. Smack dab in the middle of the picture stands a generic, suburban home with the words “BETTER LUCK NEXT” running up the sidewalk and the word “TIME” wafting out the chimney. Visions of quiet horror orbit this domestic nucleus, including a chart tracing the decline of a woman’s body from ages 15–40 (and thus her reduced “worth”) alongside an idealized couple—prototypical beautiful people—clad in nothing but underwear emblazoned with the

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