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Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood

Small Paintings, 1985–2018

By (artist) Lisa Yuskavage / Contributions by Hanna Schouwink
Published by David Zwirner Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

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.

About The Author

Jarrett Earnest is the author of What It Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (2018) and Valid Until Sunset (2023) as well as editor of The Young and Evil: Queer Modernism in New York, 1930–1955 (2020), Painting Is a Supreme Fiction: Writings by Jesse Murry, 1980–1993 (2021), and Devotion: today’s future becomes tomorrow archive (2022). His criticism has been published in magazines and exhibition catalogues around the world, and appears regularly in the New York Review of Books.

Product Details

  • Publisher: David Zwirner Books (October 29, 2019)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781644230145

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Raves and Reviews

“Yuskavage, a masterful colorist, makes lush, luminous, intentionally—and delightfully—gauche paintings that unsettle facile notions of misogyny, femininity and the female gaze.”

– Julia Felsenthal, The New York Times Style Magaine

“This wonderful, almost overpoweringly virtuosic retrospective of nearly ninety small paintings spans her career… Love it or hate it, the breadth, rigor, and all-in commitment of Yuskavge’s vision is undeniable.”

– Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker

“The wild art star of the 1990s, known for her candy-colored voluptuaries with distorted faces and poses, ups her game.”

– Jerry Saltz, Vulture

“More than thirty years of underage popsies rendered in Jordan-almond pastels and smoldering shades of red, gold, and acid green were on parade in ‘Babie Brood: Small Paintings 1985-2018.’”

– Zoë Lescaze, ARTFORUM

“By blending realism and fantasy, Yuskavage challenges conventional expectations surrounding figurative painting.”

– Sarah Cascone, Artnet News

“Lisa Yuskavage’s art continues to defy characterization.”

– Thomas Gebremedhin, Wall Street Journal

“As usual, dark humor and acrid color are mitigated by luminosity and sensitive execution.”

– Margaret McCann, Painter’s Table

“The most scandalous thing about which wasn’t their sexual explicitness–much of the imagery was safely PG-13– but their style: a luminous, lowbrow Mannerism, rendered with such self-evident technical brilliance that the works’ tackiness begins to feel like an affront.”

– Rachel Wetzler, Art in America

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