New York

Lisa Yuskavage

Marianne Boesky Gallery | 509 West 24th Street

Five chalk-white cast-Hydrocal figurines of grotesquely infantilized women with bulbous boobs, bloated bellies, and ballooning asses each strike their own lewd pose. No, this motley crew is not a Franklin Mint series in honor of Larry Flynt, it’s the latest cast of characters to spring from Lisa Yuskavage’s twisted psyche—her statuettes The Bad Habits: Asspicking, Foodeating, Headshrinking, Socialclimbing, Motherfucker, 1996. In the past Yuskavage has tested the limits of good bad taste by painting eroticized prepubescent girls’ heads, fleshy blondes in bikinis, fat-bottomed girls, and a busty maiden in a blue tutu who resembles nothing so much as the St. Pauli girl sans serving apron. Looking back, her earlier paintings seem to have an air of good, clean, albeit slightly off-color fun, but in this latest show Yuskavage has traded in her Mel Ramos bag of tricks and pumped her models up

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