Unsentimental Education: Lisa Yuskavage and Jarrett Earnest (SEAPORT)

In his text for the new monograph Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood Jarrett Earnest analyzes the artist’s early education, both in art schools and life experiences, setting the stage for a lifetime of painting. Their relationship sparked in 2014 when Yuskavage dropped in on Earnest’s class “Object Lessons” at the Bruce High Quality Foundation, the now closer experimental free art school in the east village. They swiftly became friends and collaborators, embarking on a multi-year interview project. To celebrate this new publication, Yuskavage and Earnest will discuss the dynamics of education for artists, their shared interest in psychoanalysis and how it relates to writing and painting, and the role of narrative within art, memory, and history.


Lisa Yuskavage is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. She is known for her figure paintings, in which seemingly ignoble subjects are depicted with classic, historical techniques.Yuskavage was born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and studied abroad during her third year through the Tyler School of Art’s program in Rome, before obtaining her BFA in 1984. Yuskavage received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1986

Jarrett Earnest is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (David Zwirner Books, 2018), editor of Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Art Writings 1988-2017  by Peter Schjeldahl (Abrams, June 2019) and curator of "The Young and Evil" at David Zwirner, NY (February 21 - April 13, 2019) and "Closer as Love: Polaroids 1993-2007: Breyer P-Orridge" at Nina Johnson, Miami (October 3 -. November 23, 2019).

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Lisa Yuskavage: Babie Brood: Small Paintings, 1985–2018 By Jarrett Earnest, Lisa Yuskavage (By (artist)), Hanna Schouwink (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Jarrett Earnest, Lisa Yuskavage (By (artist)), Hanna Schouwink (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781644230145
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Published: David Zwirner Books - October 29th, 2019