Lisa Yuskavage’s Paintings Continue to Challenge Conventions

by Andy SmithPosted on

For the past few decades, New York City-based painter Lisa Yuskavage has challenged norms in figurative art and blended progressive concepts with acknowledgement to the history of the form. She last appeared on here.

Or as David Zwirner writes, the artist “has developed her own genre of portraiture in which lavish, erotic, vulgar, angelic women (and more recently men) are cast within fantastical landscapes or dramatically lit interiors. Seamlessly blending pop cultural imagery, color theory, and psychology, Yuskavage draws on classical and modern painterly techniques and, in particular, marshals color as a conduit for complex psychological constructs.”

A Philly native, the artist went to both Tyler School of Art at Temple University and the Yale University School of Art. Her work appears in the permanent collections of Hirshhorn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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