Mexico City

Mexico City

Yishai Jusidman

Museo de Arte Moderno Mexico
Paseo de la Reforma y Gandhi Bosque de Chapultepec
April 25–July 31, 2009

Museo Amparo
2 Sur 708 Centro Histórico,
January 30–April 6, 2009

Curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné

For more than two decades, Mexico-born, Los Angeles–based artist Yishai Jusidman has toyed with physical and pictorial space in his painting, using wooden globes as the ground for landscapes; challenging modern conventions of the frame by attaching carpets and tables to canvases; and, more recently, superimposing digital imagery on painted figures, to eerie effect. For one remarkable series featured in this survey of seventy works—“The Economist Shuffle,” 2006—the artist approximated old-master techniques, employing layers of oil and egg tempera, while rendering contemporary material appropriated from the titular magazine. Whether the image features a rioter throwing a Molotov cocktail (taken from a news item) or an overweight man’s belly (perhaps from a human-interest piece), Jusidman makes a claim for it as a subject worthy of art.