Lisa Yuskavage (American, b.1962) is a painter known for producing sexualized paintings of real and imagined female figures. Yuskavage was born in Philadelphia, PA, and received her BFA in 1984 from The Stella Elkins Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. She received her MFA from Yale University's School of Art, New Haven, CT, in 1986.

Yuskavage has always been interested in the history of painting, and she is one of the modern artists whose works represent the reemergence of the Figurative in Contemporary painting. For the past twenty years, she has been developing her own genre of nude female figures that are mostly erotic, lavish, cartoonish, and angelic. Most of these paintings feature fantastical landscapes or dramatically lit interiors. Examples of her paintings include Honeymoon (1998), Kingdom (2006), and Violet Quilt (2009). Critics have described Yuskavage's paintings as anatomically impossible bimbos or nymphets, while Yuskavage claims that her figures represent far-out extensions of male sexual fantasies. The artist says that she wants to elicit different reactions from the public, just like her painting peers.

Yuskavage has received several awards and grants, including the Zimtbaum Foundation Fellowship, from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, in 1986, the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, in 1994, and the Tiffany Foundation Grant, in 1996. Her public collections can be seen in places such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York. In 2000, Yuskavage was included in the Whitney Biennial. Yuskavage has been involved in many exhibitions, both solo and group. Her solo exhibitions include those at Studio Guenzani, in Milan, Italy, in 1997, and at David Zwirner, in New York, in 2009. Examples of the group exhibitions she has participated in include She's Come Undone, at Artemis Greenberg Van Doren, in New York in 2004, and The Present: The Monique Zajfen Collection, at Stedelijk Museum, in Amsterdam in 2007. Yuskavage is represented by David Zwirner. The artist currently lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1962
Born in Philadelphia, PA
1982
Studied at Temple Abroad, Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy
1984
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1986
MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Recipient, Zimtbaum Foundation Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1994
Recipient, MacDowell Colony Fellowship
1996
Recipient, Tiffany Foundation Grant
2000
Recipient, Founder's Day Certificate of Honor, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
2005
Recipient, Temple University Gallery of Success Award, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London, England
2011
Lisa Yuskavage, David Zwirner, New York, NY
Lisa Yuskavage, RHA Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2010
Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London, England (solo)
Size Does Matter, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, New York
Until Now: Collecting the New (1960-2010), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2009
Lisa Yuskavage, David Zwirner, New York, New York (solo)
30th Anniversary, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Bad Habits, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women, Cheim & Read, New York, New York
Figuratively Seeing, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts
2008
Bad Painting Good Art, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Diana and Actaeon: The Forbidden Glimpse of the Naked Body, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany
Female Forms and Facets: Artwork by Women from 1975 to the Present, Central Connecticut State University Art Galleries, New Britain, Connecticut
Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art from the Logan Collection, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Paint Made Flesh, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee
2007
Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London, England (solo)
America Today: 300 Years of Art from the USA, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
Contemporary Drawings from an Alumna’s Collection (Martina Yamin, Class of 1958), Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Multiplex: Directions in Art 1970 to Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
The Present: The Monique Zajfen Collection, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006
Lisa Yuskavage, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
Lisa Yuskavage: New Work, David Zwirner, New York, New York (solo) concurrent with Lisa Yuskavage: New Work, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, New York (solo)
The Other Side #2: Radical Pursuits: Delights in the subversive and sublime, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York
2005
Drawn Across the Century: Highlights from the Dillard Collection of Art on Paper, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Laguna's Hidden Treasures: Art from Private Collections, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California
2004
Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London, England (solo)
The Charged Image, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
She’s Come Undone, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren, New York, New York
2003
Lisa Yuskavage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
de Kooning to Today: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
Stephen Greene: Painter and Teacher, Addison Gallery, Andover, Maryland
Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Terrible Beauty, Roebling Hall, New York, New York
2002
Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi at The Galleries Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England (solo)
Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London, England (solo)
The 177th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, New York
Fusion Cuisine, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
Go Figure, LUXE, New York, New York
2001
Lisa Yuskavage, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Lisa Yuskavage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
Lisa Yuskavage: Watercolors, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
furor scribendi: Works on Paper, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Lateral Thinking, Art of the 1990s, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, California
Naked Since 1950, C&M Arts, New York, New York
Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, and More…On Collecting, Organized by Independent Curators International with guest curator Ingrid Schaffner
Works on Paper from Acconci to Zittel, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England
2000
Lisa Yuskavage, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (solo)
00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, New York
The 46th Biennial Exhibition: Media/Metaphor, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
2000 Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
A Plurality of Truths, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
Works on Paper 2000, American Ambassador’s Residence, The Slovak Republic
1999
Lisa Yuskavage, greengrassi, London, England (solo)
The Nude in Contemporary Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
The Passion and the Wave, 6th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Spellbound, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, California
The Time of Our Lives, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York
1998
Lisa Yuskavage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
Pop Surrealism, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Presumed Innocence, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Young Americans 2, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
1997
Lisa Yuskavage, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
My Little Pretty, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
The Name of the Place, Casey Kaplan, New York, New York
Project Painting, Lehmann Maupin and Stephano Basilico Galleries, New York, New York
Women’s Work in Contemporary Painting, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1996
Lisa Yuskavage, Boesky & Callery, New York, New York (solo)
Lisa Yuskavage, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California (solo)
Adicere Animos, Cesena-Cesenatico, Bologna, Italy
Early Learning, L & R Entwistle Ltd., London, England
Heart's Desire, Judy Ann Goldman, Boston, Massachusetts
Norfolk '96, Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, Connecticut
Rome Invitational, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1995
Diverse Group, Apex Art, New York, New York
Gang Warfare, The MacKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
On Beauty, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Pictura Immedia, Malerei in den 90er Jahren, Kunstlerhaus and Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
Youth Culture Killed My Dog (But I Don’t Really Mind), Contemporary Arts Council, Chicago, Illinois
1994
Lisa Yuskavage, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California (solo)
Lisa Yuskavage, Luhring Augustine, New York, New York (solo)
Lisa Yuskavage: Watercolors, Elizabeth Koury, New York, New York (solo)
NY/NL: XX, Gemeenteligh Helmont Museum, Helmond, The Netherlands
Up the Establishment, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York
1993
Lisa Yuskavage, Elizabeth Koury, New York, New York (solo)
Lisa Yuskavage, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
Figure as Fiction, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York, New York
Yale Collects Yale, Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
1992
The Anti-Masculine, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Little Men/Little Women, White Columns, New York, New York
A Paper Trail, Berland/Hall Gallery, New York, New York
1991
FIAR International Exhibition [itinerary: Rome, Italy; Milan, Italy; Paris, France; London, England; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California]
Fine Arts Work Benefit Show, Twining Gallery, New York, New York
1990
Lisa Yuskavage, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
1989
Juried Show '89, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summitt, New Jersey
1988
Emerging Artists, WWAC Gallery, Westport, Connecticut
Twenty Artists Choose Twenty Artists, Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
1987
New Work, New Talent, New Haven, Harcus Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1986
New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Literature

2006
Lisa Yuskavage. Texts by Tobias Ostrander, Christian Viveros-Fauné. Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico.
2005
Lisa Yuskavage. Small Paintings 1993-2004. Text by Tamara Jenkins. Harry N. Abrams, New York, New York.
1996
Lisa Yuskavage. Text by Faye Hirsch, interview by Chuck Close. Smart Art Press, Santa Monica, California.