Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood is the first up-to-date survey of the artist’s small-scale paintings. Known primarily for larger canvases, these intimate works offer a new window into Yuskavage’s transgressive paintings.
Based on the artist’s imagination, live models, and maquettes, among other things, the small paintings in this book demonstrate Yuskavage’s methodical exploration of how images come into existence, and where they come from. Some of the small works are studies for large paintings, while others revisit pre-existing 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 works, play a remarkably dynamic and role within her oeuvre. This catalogue presents the paintings to scale so readers can explore them as if seeing them in person.
Documenting the artist’s exhibition at David Zwirner in New York in 2018, this catalogue includes an essay by Jarrett Earnest illuminating Yuskavage’s early influences and exploring the constant, often surprising, themes that can be found throughout her oeuvre.