~LISA YUSKAVAGE . . another look
LISA YUSKAVAGE / SEPT 27-NOV 5, 2011
DAVID ZWIRNER – 519 West 19th St – CHELSEA, NYC
this was the other painting – that had a trace image, reference to KARA WALKER . . . walking by . . . the profile of the woman in the (middle range) background – carrying a hot pot of porridge – with the kind of trademark Walker pigtail.
LISA YUSKAVAGE, ‘Edge of Towners’, 2011. oil on linen, 55 x 66 in.
FRAU KOLB, visiting from LA views: LISA YUSKAVAGE, ‘Afternoon Feeding’, 2011. oil on linen, 86 x 71 in.
here the artist makes reference to her own heritage. according to the gallery press release, although many in the opening night room thought these to be “Puritan Pilgrim” ancestors – they are actually “19th Century babushka-wearing Russian peasants” ancestors.
hey, my ancestors, in part, too. though mine were on the other side of the pale, translate: hate line, i.e. the shtetl.
. . . for all you international & non-local web fans – the space is huge and gorgeous and thankfully – they just let the paintings be. with a lot of breathing & viewing space between the images – and even more thankfully, she didn’t go all hog wild trying to fill it with mammoth chest-beating over-scale works. a real supremo exhibit.
and a nice break-out start – to the season.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH