Lisa Yuskavage

Lauded by critic Peter Schjeldahl as “an extravagantly deft painter,” Lisa Yuskavage is considered one of the most important figurative painters working today. Employing imagery derived from girlie magazines or the psychotherapeutic exploration of her own unconscious, Yuskavage presents unsettling, self-revelatory renderings of women in ways that compel erotic, voyeuristic interations. Although the artist utilizes the revered western traditions of conveying light and suggesting mood through color, her tremendous skill is, perhaps, at odds with her cartoonish, indecorous subjects. Yuskavage came to prominence in the early nineties with a series of monochromatic paintings in a lollipop palette, provocative portraits of preadolescent girls whose figures seemed to merge with the background. In 1996, wanting to expand the use of light in her work, she began to experiment with a method dating back to the sixteenth century Venetian painter Tintoretto she fashioned small sculptural models and simulated a variety of lighting conditions ? daylight, candlelight, artificial light. She then painted from photographs of the models taken in their varied illuminated environments. More recently, Yuskavage claims, “My work has always been about things in myself that I feel incredibly uncomfortable with and embarrassed by. I exploit what’s dangerous and scares me about myself.”

The Art Institute of Chicago

05:15PM – 06:15PM – Reception
Gallery 135
Members – $25
Non-Members – $35

06:15PM – 07:30PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium
Members – $15
Non-Members – $20