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  • Provenance

    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Lisa Yuskavage, 13, May - 27, June 2003; Naples, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, People: Volti, Corpi e Segni Contemporanei dalla Collezione di Ernesto Esposito, 29 June - 28 August, 2006

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, People: Volti, Corpi e Segni Contemporanei dalla Collezione di Ernesto Esposito, Naples, 2006, pp. 128-129 (illustrated) 

  • Catalogue Essay

    From a working-class North Philadelphia neighbourhood with Yale MFA and acid paintbrush in hand, Lisa Yuskavage made her name in the 1990s by shocking viewers with the confrontational sexuality of her painted female nudes.
    Yuskavage's work enjoys this ambiguity. It floats between euphoric fantasy and terrifying dream.  Executed in 2003, Dark Garden II, belongs to a body of signature works by the American artist. Using the female as subject matter, the present lot belongs to a group of works that adopt darker shades of paint to infuse the painting with more of a subtle and elegant appearance opposed to her more electric and aesthetically poignant canvases.
    With its pallette of dark blues, pinks and purples, Yuskavage uses the female as a sex object, revealing parts of her body enticing her audiences’ gazes. Frozen in her pose, the viewer is left to imagine the woman beyond what Yuskavage visually discloses. Through the use of the sexuality and femininity, the artist captures the essence of beauty never crossing the line where sexuality becomes vulgarity, infusing her sitter with a sense of innocence and shyness.

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Dark Garden II

2003
Oil on canvas.
122 x 147.5 cm. (48 x 58.1 in).
Signed 'L. Yuskavage' on the overlap.

Estimate
£250,000 - 350,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

18 Oct 2008, 7pm
London