Lisa Yuskavage, one of the most acclaimed painters of her generation, creates sumptuous, self-aware, and boundary-pushing paintings that feature a familiar subject matter: female nudes, which have filled historical canvases for centuries. Yuskavage's take on the female form, however, is colored by more contemporary depictions. Often employing fanciful landscapes or staged interiors and intense color palettes to portray her iconic distorted figures, she creates provocative paintings that elicit visceral reactions.
Image: Lisa Yuskavage, Wilderness, 2009, oil on canvas, 77 x 120 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York