Lisa Yuskavage

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Lisa Yuskavage
Born (1962-05-16) May 16, 1962 (age 59)[1]
NationalityAmerican
Education
Known forPainting

Lisa Yuskavage (1962) is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. She is known for her figure paintings that challenge conventional understandings of the genre.[2] While her painterly techniques evoke art historical precedents, her motifs are often inspired by popular culture, creating an underlying dichotomy between high and low and, by implication, sacred and profane, harmony and dissonance.[3]

Education[edit]

Yuskavage was born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4][5] She attended the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and studied abroad during her third year through the Tyler School of Art’s program in Rome, before obtaining her BFA in 1984. Yuskavage received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1986.[6]

Work[edit]

Since the early 1990s, Yuskavage has been associated with a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting.[7] Of the artist’s paintings, critic Roberta Smith has written: "The combination of mixed subliminal messages, deliciously artificial color and forthright sexuality is characteristic of Ms. Yuskavage's work, as is the journey from high to low to lower culture within a relatively seamless whole."[8]

Yuskavage’s oeuvre is characterized by her ongoing engagement with the history of painting, and in particular the genre of the nude.[2] Her paintings also encompass landscape and still life genres, with all three often appear within a single work. Yuskavage’s unique use of color is imbedded in Renaissance techniques as well as Color Field painting, and she cites diverse inspirations, including Italian painter Giovanni Bellini, Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, and French painter Edgar Degas.[9]

Theoretically, her paintings are associated with psychologically driven theories of viewing, such as that of the gaze.[10] However, the complexities inherent in her paintings deny singular interpretation; as curator and critic Christian Viveros-Fauné explains: "Yuskavage’s oeuvre ... succeeds exactly to the degree that it refuses to be pinned down to any one of its many conflicted meanings. 'I only load the gun', [Yuskavage] has been known to say to those who insist on viewing a painting as an explanation."[1]

She had a New York exhibit sell out before it opened, and one of her paintings sold at auction for more than $1 million.[11]

Yuskavage's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2000); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2001); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2006); and The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (organized as part of Dublin Contemporary 2011).[12]

In September 2015, Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood opened at the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. This major solo exhibition presented the artist’s work spanning 25 years.[13] Additionally, Yuskavage is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new online series, The Artist Project, launched in March 2015, in which she discusses Édouard Vuillard’s The Green Interior (1891).[14]

In 2020, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Aspen Art Museum co-organized a solo presentation of the artist's work, Wilderness, focusing on the ways she has used landscape in her work since the earliest watercolor Tit Heaven series from the 1990s. The exhibition was first shown at the Aspen Art Museum in 2020 and will travel to the Baltimore Museum of Art in spring 2021.[15]

Lisa Yuskavage is represented by David Zwirner (New York) and by Greengrassi (London).[13] In 2006, two solo exhibitions were concurrently presented at David Zwirner and Zwirner & Wirth, New York, followed by presentations at the gallery in 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2017. The 2018 two-part exhibition at David Zwirner marked her sixth solo show with the gallery.[16] She has had six solo presentations at greengrassi.[17]

In popular culture[edit]

Yuskavage's work Half-Family[18] was featured in Season 2, Episode 4 ("Lynch Pin") of the Emmy-nominated Showtime series, The L Word.

Her work is also mentioned in the novel China Rich Girlfriend of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan.[19]

In Tamara Jenkins' 2018 film Private Life, main characters Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti) claim to be good friends with Yuskavage, whose artwork, gifted to them as a wedding present, hangs in their living room.

Exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (2021)
  • Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado (2020)
  • Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018, David Zwirner, New York (2018)[20]
  • New Paintings, David Zwirner concurrent with "Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood, Small paintings 1985–2018", David Zwirner, New York (2018)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, David Zwirner, London (2017)
  • Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts [traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015)[21]
  • Lisa Yuskavage, David Zwirner, New York (2015)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London (2013)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2011)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, David Zwirner, New York (2011)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London (2010)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, David Zwirner, New York (2009)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London (2007)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2006)
  • Lisa Yuskavage: New Work, Zwirner & Wirth concurrent with "New Work", David Zwirner, New York (2006)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London (2004)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2003)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London (2002)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2002)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2001)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2001)
  • Lisa Yuskavage: Watercolors 2001, Studio Guenzani, Milan (2001)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2000)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London (1999)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (1998)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Studio Guenzani, Milan (1997)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Boesky & Callery, New York (1996)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California (1996)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California (1994)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Luhring Augustine, New York (1994)
  • Watercolors, Elizabeth Koury, New York (1994)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Elizabeth Koury, New York (1993)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Studio Guenzani, Milan (1993)
  • Lisa Yuskavage, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York (1990)
  • Lisa Yuskavage: Paintings, Maurice M. Pine Free Public Library, Fairlawn, New Jersey (1988)
  • Lisa Yuskavage: MFA Thesis, Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut (1986)
  • Lisa Yuskavage: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, Penrose Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia (1984)

Collections[edit]

Museum collections which hold works by the artist include Art Institute of Chicago; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Long Museum, Shangai; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle Art Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.[21]

Awards[edit]

Yuskavage has been the recipient of honors and awards that include the Aspen Award for Art (2019); Temple University Gallery of Success Award (2005); the Founder's Day Certificate of Honor, Tyler School of the Arts, Philadelphia (2000); the Tiffany Foundation Grant (1996); and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1994).[12]

Publications[edit]

  • Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness. Text by Christopher Bedford, Helen Molesworth, and Heidi Zuckerman. Conversation with Mary Weatherford. Published by Gregory R. Mill & Co, 2020. ISBN 9781941366271
  • Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood / Small Paintings, 1985-2018. Text by Jarrett Earnest. Foreword by Hanna Schouwink. Published by David Zwirner Books, New York, 2019. ISBN 9781644230145
  • Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood, Paintings 1991-2015. Texts by Christopher Bedford, Suzanne Hudson, Catherine Lord, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Katy Siegel. Published by Skira Rizzoli, New York, 2015. ISBN 9780847846481
  • Lisa Yuskavage. Published by David Zwirner, New York, 2006. ISBN 0976913658
  • Lisa Yuskavage. Texts by Tobias Ostrander and Christian Viveros-Fauné. Published by Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 2006. ISBN 9789685979146
  • Lisa Yuskavage: Small Paintings 1993-2004. Text by Tamara Jenkins. Published by Abrams Books, New York, 2004. ISBN 9780810949577
  • Lisa Yuskavage. Texts by Claudia Gould, Marcia B. Hall, and Katy Siegel. Published by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1999. ISBN 0884540979
  • Lisa Yuskavage. Texts by Chuck Close and Faye Hirsch. Published by Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, California, 1996. ISBN 9780964642652

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lisa Yuskavage - artnet". www.artnet.com.
  2. ^ a b Hall, Marcia B. (2001). "Lisa Yuskavage's Painterly Paradoxes" (PDF). Lisa Yuskavage. Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 2, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Bio | Lisa Yuskavage". yuskavage.com. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  4. ^ Eleanor Heartney; Helaine Posner; Nancy Princenthal; Sue Scott (May 12, 2014). The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium. Prestel Verlag. pp. 2010–. ISBN 978-3-641-13343-6.
  5. ^ Tony Godfrey (November 16, 2009). Painting today. Phaidon Press.
  6. ^ ""Interview: Chuck Close Talks with Lisa Yuskavage." Christopher Grimes Gallery, 1996" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Lisa Yuskavage press release - David Zwirner". David Zwirner.
  8. ^ Roberta Smith, "A Painter Who Loads the Gun and Lets the Viewer Fire It." The New York Times, January 12, 2001
  9. ^ Katy Siegel, "Blonde Ambition." Artforum, May 2000
  10. ^ Christian Viveros-Fauné, "Cursed Beauty: The Painting of Lisa Yuskavage and the Goosing of the Great Tradition". Lisa Yuskavage (Museuo Tamayo, 2006)
  11. ^ Keller, Cathryn (April 22, 2007). "Lisa Yuskavage: Critiquing Prurient Sexuality, or Disingenuously Peddling a Soft-Porn Aesthetic?". The Washington Post. Washington DC: WPC. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Lisa Yuskavage". yuskavage.com. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Lisa Yuskavage - David Zwirner". David Zwirner.
  14. ^ "Lisa Yuskavage on Édouard Vuillard's The Green Interior - The Artist Project Season 1". The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  15. ^ "Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness". Aspen Art Museum. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "Lisa Yuskavage - Past Exhibitions". David Zwirner. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  17. ^ "Lisa Yuskavage". www.greengrassi.com.
  18. ^ ""Half Family" by Lisa Yuskavage".
  19. ^ China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan, p 124
  20. ^ "Editors' Picks: 18 Things Not to Miss in New York's Art World This Week". artnet News. March 11, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  21. ^ a b ""Lisa Yuskavage: CV." David Zwirner, 2015" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 8, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2015.

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