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Lisa Yuskavage
Lisa Yuskavage in conversation with Christopher Bedford
November 27, 2018
Pratt Institute, New York

Join Lisa Yuskavage and Christopher Bedford, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art, for a conversation about the artist’s work.

Tuesday, November 27, 7 PM (free and open to the public)
Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Higgins Hall

Two solo exhibitions by Yuskavage are on view at David Zwirner in New York through December 15, 2018. Organized in close collaboration with the artist, Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018 at 533 West 19th Street presents an extensive survey of Yuskavage’s small-scale paintings. A constant and integral part of Yuskavage’s overall practice, the small paintings play a remarkably dynamic and protean role within it. New Paintings at 34 East 69th Street features a group of new large-scale canvases relating to the artist’s recent "Couples" paintings. 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.

To coincide with these exhibitions, David Zwirner presents an online Viewing Room highlighting Yuskavage’s printmaking practice.

In 2020, The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Aspen Art Museum will co-organize a solo presentation of the artist’s work.

The fourth episode of Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast features Yuskavage in conversation with widely celebrated screenwriter and film director Tamara Jenkins. Counterparts and close friends, Yuskavage and Jenkins discuss how personal experiences inform their creativity—touching on dark comedy, eroticism, and the importance of trusting your own vision.

Current Exhibitions at David Zwirner

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.

New Paintings

November 8–December 15, 2018
New York | 34 East 69th Street

Opening reception:
Thursday, November 8, 5–7 PM

Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985–2018

November 8–December 15, 2018
New York | 533 West 19th Street

Opening reception:
Thursday, November 8, 6–8 PM

The fourth episode of Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast features Yuskavage in conversation with widely celebrated screenwriter and film director Tamara Jenkins. Counterparts and close friends, Yuskavage and Jenkins discuss how personal experiences inform their creativity—touching on dark comedy, eroticism, and the importance of trusting your own vision.

Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail
2017

Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail brings together 60 of the New York-based journal's most important interviews, and includes conversations with gallery artists Suzan Frecon, Richard Serra, Luc Tuymans, and Lisa Yuskavage. Selected and co-edited by Jarrett Earnest, a frequent Brooklyn Rail contributor, and Lucas Zwirner, Editorial Director at David Zwirner Books, Tell Me Something Good includes an introduction to the project by Phong Bui as well as hand-drawn portraits of all the artists interviewed for the book. Published by David Zwirner Books

The Brood
2015-2016
United States traveling survey
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Installation view of The Brood at The Rose Art Museum (2015)
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Installation view of The Brood at The Rose Art Museum (2015)
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Installation view of The Brood at The Rose Art Museum (2015)
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Installation view of The Brood at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015)
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Installation view of The Brood at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015)
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Installation view of The Brood at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015)

The Brood surveyed 25 years of Lisa Yuskavage's work and was her first solo museum exhibition in the United States in more than 15 years. The exhibition was organized around diptychs, triptychs, and multi-panel groupings the artist calls "symbiotic portraits." The Brood was first on view at The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and then traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Listen to Yuskavage lead an audio tour of the exhibition.

 

Recent Publication: The Brood Monograph
2015
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Published to accompany the major solo exhibition by Lisa Yuskavage that was presented at The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in Massachusetts and at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in 2015-2016, The Brood explores more than two decades of the artist's work.

Created in close collaboration with the artist, this fully illustrated publication includes texts by Christopher Bedford, who curated the exhibition during his directorship at The Rose Art Museum, Suzanne Hudson, Catherine Lord, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, and features an interview with the artist by Katy Siegel.

"Ultimately," writes Bedford in his essay Color Theorist, "Lisa Yuskavage's paintings are about the experience of the world we know through the prism of a studio known only to the artist. Hers are paintings of the mind that emerge as raw, public propositions from the most private of spaces. Her glowing green planets and deep red figures are not of the world we know, but they are familiar enough. As the artist herself notes, with just as much pungency as her literary predecessor Kafka, 'They are about chumming the water, giving people a taste of what they might not even know that they want.'"

Published by Skira Rizzoli

The Artist Project
2015
Online video series exploring The Met museum's collection

The Artist Project is an online series produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which gives artists the opportunity to respond to the museum's encyclopedic collection. The Met invited Lisa Yuskavage to participate in the third season of the project. In the video, she chose to discuss Édouard Vuillard's The Green Interior. "What makes the painting truly interesting is how it's painted. The painting is screaming, that color is screaming."

Lisa Yuskavage and Tamara Jenkins on Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast
2018

A conversation about giving a voice to untold stories that draws on Jane Campion, Philip Guston, and the raw authenticity of human emotion.

The fourth episode of Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast features painter Lisa Yuskavage—known for her portraits of nude figures and her skillful control of color—in conversation with widely celebrated screenwriter and film director Tamara Jenkins. Counterparts and close friends, Yuskavage and Jenkins discuss how personal experiences inform their creativity—touching on dark comedy, eroticism, and the importance of trusting your own vision.

View new large-scale canvases and a survey of small-scale paintings by Lisa Yuskavage in her forthcoming exhibitions, opening this November, at David Zwirner’s Chelsea and Upper East Side locations.

Watch Tamara Jenkins’s newest film, Private Life, in theaters this October.

The next episode of Dialogues will feature Marcel Dzama talking with musician and composer Will Butler of Arcade Fire. The series is hosted by Lucas Zwirner, Editorial Director of David Zwirner Books.

Produced in partnership with Slate Studios, Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast is the latest installment in a series of initiatives celebrating the gallery’s twenty-fifth anniversary, which launched in January 2018 with a multi-gallery retrospective in New York and the opening of David Zwirner Hong Kong. “While this year marks an important milestone for the gallery, we continue to look and move forward, whether it be opening a new gallery or exploring new mediums,” says David Zwirner. “This is one of the many digital initiatives we are embarking on, to both engage with new audiences and further our artists’ voices.”

Image: Lisa Yuskavage in Studio D at Slate Media studios, New York, July 2018. Photo by Zac Casto

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