A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Kingdom, dated 2005.

Lisa Yuskavage

Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018

David Zwirner is pleased to present concurrent exhibitions of work by Lisa Yuskavage at the gallery’s 34 East 69th Street and 533 West 19th Street locations in New York.

On view in Chelsea will be an extensive survey of Yuskavage’s small-scale paintings, organized in close collaboration with the artist. A constant and integral part of Yuskavage’s overall practice, the small paintings play a remarkably dynamic and protean role within it, as the artist has consistently employed this format to explore a wide variety of media, techniques, sources, and purposes. The largest presentation of these works to date, the exhibition will include key examples from each of Yuskavage's most important series, spanning the full breadth of her influential career, from the mid-1980s to new, never before exhibited paintings. 

A group of new large-scale canvases relating to the artist’s recent "Couples" paintings will be featured uptown. These charged depictions of often interlocking, interdependent male and female figures developed out of the artist's series of "symbiotic" portraits from the early 2000s that paired two female figures to evoke a sense of a dual manifestation of a single personality.

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Image: Lisa Yuskavage, Little Kingdom, 2005 (detail)

Dates
November 8December 15, 2018
Opening Reception
Thursday, November 8, 6–8 PM

Tamara Jenkins

Diagram # 2—History of ""Hamass"", in Lisa Yuskavage: Small Paintings 1993-2004, 2004

Lisa Yuskavage’s small paintings offer unique insight into her working process. In 2004, the artist invited screenwriter and film director Tamara Jenkins to write an essay for the publication Lisa Yuskavage: Small Paintings 1993–2004. The two friends were recently in conversation on Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast.

 

As part of the book’s introduction, a hand-drawn diagram by Jenkins explores the genealogy of Yuskavage’s Hamass subject over time. "You’ll discover instances when the same composition appears with different colors or different lighting," Jenkins writes; "Occasionally there are tiny adjustments made to the subject’s pose or the expression on her face. In these cases Lisa is trying out an idea in all its variations before launching into a large-scale production. Seeing all these explorations of the same image is like being given a chance to sit in on the painting equivalent of a rehearsal. . . . Working small allows her the opportunity to stay close to the image while painting. . . . Similarly, the viewer must get close to a small painting in order to engage with it."

 

The following examples from Yuskavage’s current solo exhibition Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018 introduce some of her major series. While Babie Brood is arranged loosely chronologically, the taxonomies below became another organizing principle. These categories didn’t define the works while they were being made, but came to help define them as this exhibition came together. To see additional works as well as related information, visit the artist’s website.

A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Poetess: A Shy Anorexic, dated 1989.
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Girl with Whip, dated 1997.
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Hamass, dated 1996.
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Day Little Night, dated 1999.
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee Smoker, dated 2008.
A detail from a painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Northview Afternoon, dated 2000.
A detail from a painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Hudson Sunset (Pink & Grey), dated 1997.
A detail from a painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Chrissy, dated 2008.
A detail from a painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Hippies, dated 2013.
A detail from a painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Kingdom, dated 2005.
A detail from a painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled The Last of the Hudson Highlanders, dated 2015.
A detail from a painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Small Home, dated 2018.
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled White Light, dated 1985.

Lisa Yuskavage

White Light, 1985
Oil on masonite
8 x 5 5/8 inches (20.3 x 14.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Poetess: A Shy Anorexic, dated 1989.

Lisa Yuskavage

Poetess: A Shy Anorexic, 1989
Oil on masonite
13 x 10 1/2 inches (33 x 26.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Week of Sundays, dated 1989.

Lisa Yuskavage

Week of Sundays, 1989
Encaustic on linen on masonite
13 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches (34 x 26.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Study for Blonde Jerking Off, dated 1995.

Lisa Yuskavage

Study for Blonde Jerking Off, 1995
Oil on rag paper
10 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches (26.4 x 21.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Squeeze, dated 1995.

Lisa Yuskavage

Squeeze, 1995
Oil on canvas board
6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Relatives, dated 1995.

Lisa Yuskavage

Relatives, 1995
Oil on linen
10 x 9 1/4 inches (25.4 x 23.5 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Blonde Sideburns, dated 1995.

Lisa Yuskavage

Blonde Sideburns, 1995
Oil on linen
10 1/4 x 10 inches (26 x 25.4 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Oh 2, dated 1995.

Lisa Yuskavage

Oh 2, 1995
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Blue Eyed Motherfucker, dated 1996.

Lisa Yuskavage

Blue Eyed Motherfucker, 1996
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 1/8 inches (25.4 x 20.6 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Bug Eyes, dated 1996.

Lisa Yuskavage

Bug eyes, 1996
Oil on canvas board
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm) Framed: 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Transference Portrait of My Shrink in Her Starched Nightgown with My Face and Her Hair, dated 1995.

Lisa Yuskavage

Transference Portrait of My Shrink in Her Starched Nightgown with My Face and Her Hair, 1995
Oil on rag paper
14 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches (37.5 x 25.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Transference Portrait, dated 1996.

Lisa Yuskavage

Transference Portrait, 1996
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Split, dated 1997.

Lisa Yuskavage

Split, 1997
Oil on panel
7 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (20 x 25.1 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Sweetpuss, dated 1996.

Lisa Yuskavage

Sweetpuss, 1996
Oil on canvas
8 x 6 1/4 inches (20.3 x 15.9 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Hamass, dated 1996.

Lisa Yuskavage

Hamass, 1996
Oil on canvas board
6 x 8 inches (15.2 x 20.3 cm) Framed: 7 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches (20 x 22.5 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Hudson Sunset (Pink and Grey), dated 1997.

Lisa Yuskavage

Hudson Sunset (Pink & Grey), 1997
Oil on canvas board
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Landscape I, dated 1996.

Lisa Yuskavage

Landscape I, 1996
Oil on linen
8 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches (20.6 x 25.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled The Troll and The Princess, dated 1997.

Lisa Yuskavage

The Troll and The Princess, 1997
Oil on canvas board
6 7/8 x 5 inches (17.5 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Foodeater, dated 1996.

Lisa Yuskavage

Foodeater, 1996
Oil on canvas board
8 x 6 inches (20.3 x 15.2 cm) Framed: 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Girl with Whip, dated 1997.

Lisa Yuskavage

Girl with Whip, 1997
Oil on paper
5 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (14.3 x 11.4 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Screwing Her Pussy on Straight, dated 1997.

Lisa Yuskavage

Screwing Her Pussy on Straight, 1997
Oil on canvas board
7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Cherry KK, dated 1998.

Lisa Yuskavage

Cherry KK, 1998
Oil on panel
6 7/8 x 5 in (17.5 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled KK, dated 1998

Lisa Yuskavage

KK, 1998
Oil on canvas board
9 1/2 x 7 inches (24.1 x 17.8 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Day Little Night, dated 1999.

Lisa Yuskavage

Little Day Little Night, 1999
Oil on panel
Diptych Each: 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Hudson Sunset (Coral & Grey), dated 1997.

Lisa Yuskavage

Hudson Sunset (Coral & Grey), 1997
Oil on canvas board
6 x 7 7/8 inches (15.2 x 20 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Full Moon Study, dated 1998.

Lisa Yuskavage

Full Moon Study, 1998
Oil on canvas board
5 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (14.9 x 20 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Tea, dated 1998.

Lisa Yuskavage

Tea, 1998
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Cookiepuss, dated 1998.

Lisa Yuskavage

Cookiepuss, 1998
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Nipple, dated 1999.

Lisa Yuskavage

Nipple, 1999
Oil on canvas board
9 3/8 x 7 1/16 inches (23.8 x 17.9 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled PXLP, dated 1998.

Lisa Yuskavage

PXLP, 1998
Oil on canvas
6 x 12 inches (15.2 x 30.5 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Northview Flowers Falling, dated 2000.

Lisa Yuskavage

Northview Flowers Falling, 2000
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Northview Peasant Shirt, dated 2000.

Lisa Yuskavage

Northview Peasant Shirt, 2000
Oil on panel
6 x 5 inches (15.2 x 12.7 cm) Framed: 7 x 6 inches (17.8 x 15.2 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Northview Afternoon, dated 2000.

Lisa Yuskavage

Northview Afternoon, 2000
Oil on panel
8 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (22.5 x 25.1 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Talia Reclining, dated 2000.

Lisa Yuskavage

Talia Reclining, 2000
Oil on panel
5 x 6 inches (12.7 x 15.2 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Talia in the Sunset, dated 2000.

Lisa Yuskavage

Talia in the Sunset, 2000
Oil on panel
6 x 5 inches (15.2 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Brigitte Bardot, titled Grey Bedroom, dated 2002.

Lisa Yuskavage

Grey Bedroom, 2002
Oil on masonite
7 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches (18.1 x 13.0 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee Whites, dated 2002.

Lisa Yuskavage

Wee Whites, 2002
Oil on canvas board
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Half-Family, dated 2003.

Lisa Yuskavage

Half-Family, 2003
Oil on linen
16 1/4 x 13 inches (41.3 x 33 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Quattro, dated 2003.

Lisa Yuskavage

Quattro, 2003
Oil on canvas board
8 x 12 inches (20.3 x 30.5 cm) Framed: 9 1/8 x 13 1/8 inches (23.2 x 33.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee Smiley, dated 2003.

Lisa Yuskavage

Wee Smiley, 2003
Oil on canvas board
11 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches (29.8 x 24.8 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Embroiderer, dated 2005.

Lisa Yuskavage

Embroiderer, 2005
Oil on linen
7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Scarecrow, dated 2006.

Lisa Yuskavage

Scarecrow, 2006
Oil on linen
10 1/8 x 8 3/8 inches (25.7 x 21.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee Morning, dated 2004.

Lisa Yuskavage

Wee Morning, 2004
Oil on linen
10 x 10 3/8 inches (25.4 x 26.4 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Small Morning, dated 2005.

Lisa Yuskavage

Small Morning, 2005
Oil on panel
7 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches (19.4 x 24.8 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Kingdom, dated 2005.

Lisa Yuskavage

Little Kingdom, 2005
Oil on linen
12 x 8 inches (30.5 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Forces, dated 2006.

Lisa Yuskavage

Forces, 2006
Oil on linen
11 7/8 x 9 inches (30.2 x 22.9 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Mutualism, dated 2006.

Lisa Yuskavage

Mutualism, 2006
Oil on linen
13 x 11 1/8 inches (33 x 28.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Snowman, dated 2007.

Lisa Yuskavage

Snowman, 2007
Oil on linen
13 x 11 1/8 inches (33 x 28.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Crème Pie, dated 2004.

Lisa Yuskavage

Crème Pie, 2004
Oil on linen
15 x 15 1/4 inches (38.1 x 38.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee Smoker, dated 2008.

Lisa Yuskavage

Wee Smoker, 2008
Oil on linen
10 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches (25.7 x 17.1 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Ficus, dated 2008.

Lisa Yuskavage

Ficus, 2008
Oil on linen
10 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches (25.7 x 18.1 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Pied, dated 2008.

Lisa Yuskavage

Pied, 2008
Oil on linen
11 3/4 x 9 inches (29.8 x 22.9 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Underground, dated 2010.

Lisa Yuskavage

Underground, 2010
Oil on wood panel
8 x 6 inches (20.3 x 15.2 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled North Pamet Road, dated 2007.

Lisa Yuskavage

North Pamet Road, 2007
Oil on linen
8 x 8 7/8 inches (20.3 x 22.5 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Figure in Landscape, dated 2008.

Lisa Yuskavage

Figure in Landscape, 2008
Oil on linen
11 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches (29.8 x 23.2 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Chrissy, dated 2008.

Lisa Yuskavage

Chrissy, 2008
Oil on linen
12 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches (32.7 x 28.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Tourist, dated 2008.

Lisa Yuskavage

Tourist, 2008
Oil on linen
13 x 11 1/8 inches (33 x 28.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Ditch, dated 2009.

Lisa Yuskavage

Ditch, 2009
Oil on linen
10 1/8 x 8 inches (25.7 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Piggyback Ride, dated 2009.

Lisa Yuskavage

Piggyback Ride, 2009
Oil on linen
10 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches (26 x 20 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Afternoon Feeding, dated 2011.

Lisa Yuskavage

Little Afternoon Feeding, 2011
Oil on linen
10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Farm, dated 2012.

Lisa Yuskavage

Little Farm, 2012
Oil on linen
Diptych Overall: 10 1/8 x 13 3/4 inches (25.7 x 34.9 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Given and Nel'zahs, dated 2010.

Lisa Yuskavage

Given and Nel'zahs, 2010
Oil on linen
11 1/8 x 15 1/2 inches (28.3 x 39.4 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Outskirts, dated 2010 to 2011.

Lisa Yuskavage

Little Outskirts, 2010-2011
Oil on linen
Diptych Each: 10 1/8 x 8 inches (25.7 x 20.3 cm) Overall: 10 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches (25.7 x 41 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee Outskirts, dated 2011.

Lisa Yuskavage

Wee Outskirts, 2011
Oil on linen
11 1/8 x 15 5/8 inches (28.3 x 39.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Nest, dated 2012.

Lisa Yuskavage

Nest, 2012
Oil on linen
8 3/4 x 8 inches (22.2 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Nel'zah's, dated 2012.

Lisa Yuskavage

Nel'zah's, 2012
Oil on linen
15 3/4 x 18 1/8 inches (40 x 46 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Red Sky and Tartan Panties, dated 2012.

Lisa Yuskavage

Red Sky and Tartan Panties, 2012
Oil on wood panel
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee No Man's Land, dated 2012.

Lisa Yuskavage

Wee No Man's Land, 2012
Oil on linen
8 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches (21.9 x 20 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Beach Fire, dated 2012.

Lisa Yuskavage

Beach Fire, 2012
Oil on wood panel
8 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches (20.6 x 25.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Striped Scarf, dated 2013.

Lisa Yuskavage

Little Striped Scarf, 2013
Oil on wood panel
10 x 8 1/4 inches (25.4 x 21 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Striped Scarf, dated 2013.

Lisa Yuskavage

Striped Scarf, 2013
Oil on linen
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Hippies, dated 2013.

Lisa Yuskavage

Little Hippies, 2013
Oil on wood panel
8 x 6 inches (20.3 x 15.2 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Grisaille Hippies, dated 2013.

Lisa Yuskavage

Grisaille Hippies, 2013
Oil on wood panel
8 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches (21 x 19.1 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled The Deer and the Headlights, dated 2014.

Lisa Yuskavage

The Deer and the Headlights, 2014
Oil on linen
12 x 9 1/4 inches (30.5 x 23.5 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Pile Up, dated 2014.

Lisa Yuskavage

Pile Up, 2014
Oil on linen
11 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (30.2 x 25.1 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled The Last of the Hudson Highlanders, dated 2015.

Lisa Yuskavage

The Last of the Hudson Highlanders, 2015
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Lavinia with Bob, dated 2016.

Lisa Yuskavage

Lavinia with Bob, 2016
Oil on linen
13 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches (33.3 x 28.6 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee Dude Looks Like Jesus, dated 2014.

Lisa Yuskavage

Wee Dude Looks Like Jesus, 2014
Oil on linen
13 x 11 1/8 inches (33 x 28.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Stoned, dated 2016.

Lisa Yuskavage

Stoned, 2016
Oil and graphite on linen
16 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches (42.2 x 40 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Suburbs, dated 2017.

Lisa Yuskavage

Suburbs, 2017
Oil on linen
13 x 11 1/4 inches (33 x 28.6 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Peasants, dated 2015.

Lisa Yuskavage

Peasants, 2015
Oil on linen
8 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches (20.6 x 25.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled A Little Déjà Vu, dated 2017 to 2018.

Lisa Yuskavage

A Little Déjà Vu, 2017-2018
Oil on linen
15 x 12 5/8 inches (38.1 x 32.1 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Ludlow Street Couple, dated 2017.

Lisa Yuskavage

Ludlow Street Couple, 2017
Oil on linen
11 3/4 x 10 inches (29.8 x 25.4 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Gold Girl in Barn, dated 2018.

Lisa Yuskavage

Gold Girl in Barn, 2018
Oil on aluminum panel
7 x 5 1/8 inches (17.8 x 13 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Golden Couple, dated 2017.

Lisa Yuskavage

Golden Couple, 2017
Oil on wood panel
7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Little Bedheads, dated 2018.

Lisa Yuskavage

Little Bedheads, 2018
Oil on wood panel
7 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches (20 x 14.9 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Just the Tip, dated 2018.

Lisa Yuskavage

Just the Tip, 2018
Oil on linen
Diameter: 10 3/4 inches (27.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Wee Bedheads, dated 2018.

Lisa Yuskavage

Wee Bedheads, 2018
Oil on wood panel
7 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches (20 x 14.9 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Small Home, dated 2018.

Lisa Yuskavage

Small Home, 2018
Oil on wood panel
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Phil and Eileen, dated 2018.

Lisa Yuskavage

Phil and Eileen, 2018
Oil on canvas board
10 x 8 1/8 inches (25.4 x 20.6 cm)
A painting by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Phillip and Irene, dated 2017.

Lisa Yuskavage

Phillip and Irene, 2018
Oil on wood panel
8 x 6 inches (20.3 x 15.2 cm)

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