From the publisher:
Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood is the first survey of the artist's small-scale paintings. While Yuskavage is primarily known for larger canvases, these intimate works offer a new window into her transgressive paintings and complex and influential oeuvre.
Based on the artist's imagination, live models, maquettes, and found and staged photographs, the small paintings in this book demonstrate Yuskavage's methodical exploration of how images are created and their sources. Some of the small works are studies for large paintings, while others revisit preexisting images. Yet others are one-of-a-kind compositions only created on this intimate scale. As places for experimenting with color, form, and characters as well as a variety of formats--including stretched and unstretched linen, canvas boards, wood, and paper--these paintings play a remarkably dynamic role within her work. This catalogue presents the paintings to scale so readers can explore the works as if seeing them in person.
Documenting the artist's exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, in 2018, this catalogue includes an essay by Jarrett Earnest that illuminates Yuskavage's early influences and explores the constant, often surprising themes that can be found throughout her art.
For more than thirty years, Lisa Yuskavage's (b. 1962) highly original approach to figurative painting has challenged conventional understandings of the genre. Her simultaneously bold, eccentric, exhibitionist, and introspective characters assume dual roles of subject and object, complicating the position of viewership. At times playful and harmonious, and at other times rueful and conflicted, these characters are cast within fantastical compositions in which realistic and abstract elements coexist and color determines meaning. While the artist's painterly techniques evoke art historical precedents, her motifs are often inspired by popular culture, creating an underlying dichotomy between high and low and, by implication, sacred and profane, harmony and dissonance. Yet her oeuvre compellingly resists categorization, insisting instead on its own kind of emotional formalism in which characters and pictorial inventions assume equal importance.
Jarrett Earnest is a writer and artist living in New York City. His writing has appeared in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, and The Village Voice, among others.