New York

Lisa Yuskavage

Marianne Boesky Gallery | 509 West 24th Street

Lisa Yuskavage’s luscious new paintings introduce Lupe and Lola, Babie, Smiley, Curlie G., and their girlfriends—the newest additions to an ever-expanding gang at the absolute center of attention. Like their predecessors, these big girls with (usually) voluptuous bodies and Cabbage Patch faces embody contradictions concerning age, innocence, and desirability. Part child, part woman, but fully neither, they reside at an indefinite number of slippery points in between. All seem to live a girl’s idealized life of leisure. They preen, groom, lounge, caress each other, and frequently pose—at the window, in the bedroom, on the couch, or at the top of the world, scantily attired—as though training for a role they have yet to fully understand, much less attain. The at-home culture Yuskavage paints for her (mostly) underage angels is faceted with rich, color-drenched decor; simple acts of indulgence

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