Elizabeth Peyton, Matthew, 2008, oil on board, 12 1/2 x 9".


Elizabeth Peyton

Whitechapel Gallery
77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
July 9–September 20

Avenue Céramique 250
October 21–March 21

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
February 14–June 14

New Museum
235 Bowery
October 8–January 11

Curated by Laura Hoptman

What becomes a legend most? In the 1970s, Lillian Helman clad in a Blackglama mink did the trick. Nowadays, the grandest compliment that fine art pays to glamour and celebrity might be Elizabeth Peyton's portraits. In a rather different but perhaps no less resonant way, Peyton is as much a signature artist of the '90s as Matthew Barney, the subject of a recent Peyton portrait—and, given her proclivity for skinny, languorous, seemingly lipstick-besmirched ephebi, an uncharacteristic one. Bringing together more than one hundred works, the New Museum surveys fifteen years of the artist's career. The catalogue includes essays by curator Laura Hoptman, Iwona Blazwick, and poet and superearly Warhol icon John Giorno.