Lisa Yuskavage: Wilderness
February 16, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Aspen Art Museum:
637 E Hyman Ave,
Aspen, CO 81611

Lisa Yuskavage is perhaps best known for her paintings of voluptuous, sexualized female figures in romantic, dramatically lit environments. The results, which subvert the male gaze, continue to divide critics. (The Washington Post published a 2007 article titled “Lisa Yuskavage: Critiquing Prurient Sexuality, or Disingenuously Peddling a Soft-Porn Aesthetic?”) This exhibition, co-organized by the Aspen Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art, looks beyond eroticism to instead highlight the fantastical nature of her landscapes, which skew supernatural while channeling Old Master, Romantic, and Impressionist tropes. Across nearly 50 works, Yuskavage ascribes an otherworldly transcendence to her portraits, eschewing pictorial conventions to lend a sense of seductivity to the everyday.Ryan Waddoups

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