Lisa Yuskavage is a contemporary American painter who lives and works in New York City. Her figurative oil painting is known for its engagement with the female form.
Yuskavage was born in Pennsylvania and studied at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, where she received her BFA in 1984. She was awarded her MFA in 1986 from Yale University’s School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut. She is represented by David Zwirner, New York.
In the mid-1990s she participated in the group exhibitions “Figure as Fiction” (1993), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; “My Little Pretty” (1997), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; “Presumed Innocence” (1997); “Pop Surrealism” (1998), Aldrich Museum; and “The Nude in Contemporary Art” (1999).
Over the past decade, Yuskavage has had solo exhibitions at the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, Mexico (2006), the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2001) and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2000).
Major recent group exhibitions include “Bad Painting, Good Art” at Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna, Austria (2008); “Diana and Actaeon: Forbidden Glimpse of the Naked Body” at Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf, Germany (2008); “Paint Made Flesh” at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee (2008); “America Today: 300 Years of Art from the USA” at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2007); “Artist Collaborations: Fifty Years of Universal Limited Art Editions”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (2007); “Multiplex: Directions in Art 1970 to Now”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (2007); “the Fifth International Biennial: Disparities and Deformations, Our Grotesque”, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (2004); “Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2003); “de Kooning to Today: Highlights from the Permanent Collection”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2003); 2000 Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2000); and “Greater New York, P.S.1/The Museum of Modern Art”, New York, NY (2000).
Work by the artist is held in the public collections of various museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York.