Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood
Texts by Christopher Bedford, Suzanne Hudson, Catherine Lord, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Katy Siegel
Accompanying a major exhibition, this stunning survey and important monograph highlights more than two decades worth of Lisa Yuskavage’s brilliant and controversial paintings. Internationally acclaimed American painter Lisa Yuskavage is known for her seductive yet unsettling work, in which cartoony, vulgar, angelic, young nymphs are cast within fantastical landscapes or theatrical interiors. In this dazzling monograph she presents the confrontational imagery, luscious paint, and technical virtuosity that are her signature, blurring the boundaries between high art's classic female nudes and their popular culture counterparts.
This comprehensive new volume offers a rich overview of the artist’s work with interpretive essays by leading art historians and an interview with the artist. This will be the definitive book on this important artist.
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
Artists: Lisa Yuskavage
Contributors: Christopher Bedford, Suzanne Hudson, Catherine Lord, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Katy Siegel
Designer: Studio Blackwell
Printer: Elcograf, Verona, Italy
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 10 x 12 in (25.4 x 30.5 cm)
Reproductions: 173 color
Special Features: 3 gatefolds
Retail: $65 US & Canada | £45
Lisa Yuskavage’s works are characterized by an ongoing engagement with the history of painting. Her oeuvre bears witness to a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting and takes its point of departure in part in the immediacy and tawdriness of contemporary life spurred by the mass media and the psycho-social realm of the individual. Over the past two decades, she has developed her own genre of the female nude: lavish, erotic, cartoonish, vulgar, angelic young women cast within fantastical landscapes or dramatically lit interiors. They appear to occupy their own realm while narcissistically contemplating themselves and their bodies. Rich, atmospheric skies frequently augment the psychologically charged mood, further adding to the impression of theatricality and creative possibility.
Christopher Bedford is the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham.
Suzanne Hudson is professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California.
Catherine Lord is professor emerita of art, University of California, Irvine.
Siddhartha Mukherjee is assistant professor of medicine, Columbia University, and staff cancer physician, Columbia University Medical Center, New York. His 2010 book The Emperor of All Maladies received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
Katy Siegel is professor of art history, Hunter College, and chief curator, Hunter College Galleries, New York.