Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood

Paintings 1991–2015

Texts by Christopher Bedford, Suzanne Hudson, Catherine Lord, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Katy Siegel

Accompanying a major exhibition, this stunning survey and important monograph highlights more than two decades worth of Lisa Yuskavage’s brilliant and controversial paintings. Internationally acclaimed American painter Lisa Yuskavage is known for her seductive yet unsettling work, in which cartoony, vulgar, angelic, young nymphs are cast within fantastical landscapes or theatrical interiors. In this dazzling monograph she presents the confrontational imagery, luscious paint, and technical virtuosity that are her signature, blurring the boundaries between high art's classic female nudes and their popular culture counterparts. 

This comprehensive new volume offers a rich overview of the artist’s work with interpretive essays by leading art historians and an interview with the artist. This will be the definitive book on this important artist.


Publisher: Skira Rizzoli

Artists: Lisa Yuskavage

Contributors: Christopher Bedford, Suzanne Hudson, Catherine Lord, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Katy Siegel

Designer: Studio Blackwell

Printer: Elcograf, Verona, Italy

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 10 x 12 in (25.4 x 30.5 cm)

Pages: 242

Reproductions: 173 color

Special Features: 3 gatefolds

ISBN: 9780847846481

Retail: $65 US & Canada | £45

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Lisa Yuskavage

Lisa Yuskavage’s works are characterized by an ongoing engagement with the history of painting. Her oeuvre bears witness to a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting and takes its point of departure in part in the immediacy and tawdriness of contemporary life spurred by the mass media and the psycho-social realm of the individual. Over the past two decades, she has developed her own genre of the female nude: lavish, erotic, cartoonish, vulgar, angelic young women cast within fantastical landscapes or dramatically lit interiors. They appear to occupy their own realm while narcissistically contemplating themselves and their bodies. Rich, atmospheric skies frequently augment the psychologically charged mood, further adding to the impression of theatricality and creative possibility.

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Christopher Bedford

Christopher Bedford is the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham.

Suzanne Hudson

Suzanne Hudson is professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California.

Catherine Lord

Catherine Lord is professor emerita of art, University of California, Irvine.

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Siddhartha Mukherjee is assistant professor of medicine, Columbia University, and staff cancer physician, Columbia University Medical Center, New York. His 2010 book The Emperor of All Maladies received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Katy Siegel

Katy Siegel is professor of art history, Hunter College, and chief curator, Hunter College Galleries, New York.

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