Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness
by Christopher Bedford (Author), Helen Molesworth (Author), Heidi Zuckerman (Author), Mary Weatherford (Author), Lisa Yuskavage (Contributor)
Though she is arguably best known for the voluptuous female nudes that populate her paintings, Lisa Yuskavage’s work is just as focused on the ethereal settings in which these subjects appear. Yuskavage creates finely detailed landscapes that blur the line between the fantastical and the familiar, melding abstraction with realism to depict self-contained worlds. These outdoor scenes defy conventions of landscape painting with surreal color palettes of lush greens and delicate pinks, cast in a gauzy light quality that highlights the almost magical nature of her paintings.
Published in conjunction with a joint exhibition between the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado and the Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland, this volume includes color reproductions of Yuskavage’s paintings and watercolors from the early 1990s to the present, as well as an interview between Yuskavage and fellow artist Mary Weatherford.
Lisa Yuskavage (American, born 1962) is a contemporary American painter best known for producing sexualized paintings of female figures. Often set within surreal landscapes and dramatically lit interiors, Yuskavage’s work confronts the male gaze within the history of female nudes in Western painting. By overemphasizing both the sexuality of the figures and lusciousness of the paint, her work deliberately becomes a caricature of its own references. “You have to be polite with your friends and your family,” the artist once remarked, “but in your art, it’s important not to be polite.”
Hardcover: 160 pages
Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.91 x 30.48 cm
Publisher: Gregory Miller & Company (29 July 2020)