It’s hard to know what to say about the painter Lisa Yuskavage. She’s an incredibly skilled artist, but not nearly as interesting as she used to be when she was fashionable, and hadn’t been making the same paintings for over 10 years. Brood, a highlight from yesterday’s Yuskavage opening at David Zwirner demonstrates that the artist is still making moderately interesting work but also highlights the fact that we haven’t really seen anything all that new or interesting from figurative painters in a while. Not that there isn’t plenty of figuration around, it’s just not overly remarkable. This is a statement that needs to be backed up with an array of B-list artists I don’t really have the time to list right now, but pick almost any Chelsea gallery at random, click through their inventory, and you’ll see what I mean.
P.S. Does anyone else walk into Zwirner’s giagantic expanded space and feel creeped out by the similarity it now has to Gagosian Gallery? Everytime I look at the installation above I think the exact same things I think about at Gagosian: Does the crate for this piece cost upwards of $30,000, and is it possible to install the damn thing without the rental of a giant crane?