Lisa Yuskavage is currently showing her third solo exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery. In a mix of early French Impressionism (a la Manet) and Dali-esque Surrealism, Yuskavage captures the languid, voluptuous figures of the female body through a feminist lens. The artist also takes on themes of landscape, time, and plot, in a way that extends her visual resonance.
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Triptych, a standout of this new collection, explores these concepts in a series of three canvases in an otherworldly, counter-intuitive order of sorts. Babushka-wearing Russian peasants are paired with a female nude, legs spread apart, against the backdrop of a rustic, dreamlike mountainous terrain. The lazy, voyeuristic stance recalls Marcel Duchamp‘s Etant donnés. Exploring conflicting themes of liberation and restraint, illusion and reality, and transience and longevity, Yuskavage creates a world all her own full of twisted figures and artifices.