April 19, 2013
Author: Craig Fineburg
Described by some as a deliberately provocative artist, Yuskavage’s work is well known for imagery based on the sexualized female figure; a style that is at once erotic, cartoonish, vulgar and angelic. Her early work was, as Yuskavage describes, “so demure, so tasteful, so full of shame and very conservative.” She eventually rejected it, and gave up painting for a year. When she came back, her work took on a completely new dimension, pushing the sexual envelope. No longer did her paintings make people feel comfortable, and this delighted her. She has been exhibiting extensively ever since, including solo exhibitions at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin Ireland; the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, among others.