- medium Eight color giclée with offset lithography in two colors
- edition 13/23
- size 32.50w x 36.50h in
- created 2015
COA: This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Published by: Universal Limited Art Editions
Hippies is part of a more extensive series of ‘Hippies’ works by Lisa Yuskavage.
Behind a pale woman, four male figures fan out from her on either side, almost like a Hindu deity, each a different hue. The rainbow-like effect is reminiscent of the cangiantismo technique advanced in the Renaissance, in which tonal variations were used to indicate the presence of the supernatural in the otherwise realistic subject matter.
The unification of the five figures has an otherworldly feel as if they are manifestations of the same character. Yet, rather than representing a bold shift within Yuskavage’s practice, this merging of male and female reinforces the complexities inherent within her last all-female cast. Her simultaneous role as the aggressor complicated a straightforward understanding of the woman as an object of the male gaze.
Yuskavage’s paintings are immediately recognizable by their absurdly proportioned naked and semi-clad women, acid-bright landscapes, uncanny interiors, and hippie figures that seem to have been cross-pollinated with religious icons.