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Yvonne Jacquette (American, b.1934)
LOT ID: 75407
Night Jet IV, 1980

Pastel, on paper
17 х 14 in. (43.18 x 35.56 cm.)
Other, not viewed out of frame
Lot description
Image: 17 x 14 inches
Paper: 22 x 19 inches
Frame: 24 x 21 inches

Jacquette's "Night Jet IV" was exhibited in 1981 at the MoMA, "New Works on Paper: Group of Eight" curated by John Elderfield.

In ‘Night Jet IV’, Yvonne Jacquette presents the glittering nocturnal view of a city as seen through the window of jet at night. By focusing her gaze on the cityscape at night, Jacquette depicts a magical network of reflecting lights that is only recognizable as an earthly city by its frame of the familiar airplane window. Here, Jacquette demonstrates how mysterious and fascinating our everyday world can be when viewed from a new perspective.

"Yvonne Jacquette's work - very dense, elegant, complex - consists of large-scale drawings based on aerial views of the city after dark. These drawings are, in effect, immense structures of light - light that describes, in an almost literal way, the look of the city at night, and at the same time addresses the eye as a powerful poetic abstraction. Especially in the black-and-white drawings, the surfaces are beautifully worked, and the effect is rather like that of looking at a vast array of diamonds set out on velvet. Yet the observation is as acute and realistic as the sense of form is rigorous and realized. Miss Jacquette's is surely the most original vision of an urban subject we have had in American art since the Precisionist movement of the 1920's". --- Hilton Kramer, New York Times, ART: SHOW OF NEW WORKS SETS EXAMPLE AT MODERN, February 13, 1981

Drawing inspiration from the experience of traveling, American artist Yvonne Jacquette (b.1934) creates works of art that focus on the aerial views of cities throughout the world. Through painting, Jacquette examines the relationship between object, landscape, and light by capturing the patterns she observes at night as seen from above. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1956, Jacquette has received much critical acclaim for her work, including the 1976 Ingram Merrill Award for Painting; the 1990 Painters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; the 1998 Andrew Carnegie Prize for Painting from the National Academy Museum, New York; a Guggenheim Foundation Grant for Painting in 1998; and in 2003 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. Her work has recently been exhibited in solo shows at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME (2010); DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY (2010); Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO (2009); and the Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY (2008).

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Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Night Jet IV by Yvonne Jacquette
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