Phoning it In

Phoning It In, Ep. 4: Lisa Yuskavage Wants to Know How You Are

Sotheby's 2020

Lisa Yuskavage sends her love. In a year spent largely at home, the New York-based artist has found time to reflect, has stayed in touch with friends and loved ones, and has even started a new reading group. A figure painter whose fantastical works draw on the traditions of the old masters and Impressionists, Yuskavage is known for her brazen, often unsettling female protagonists who, she notes, embody multiplicity: “they get to go different places, they get to be mean sometimes, they get to be pugnacious, they get to be rude, they get to be loving, they get to be in awe.” In this episode of Phoning It In, Lisa tells Amy how she harnesses anger and humor in her work, what she’s looking forward to once this period is over, and what’s next on her reading list.

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