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Yvonne Jacquette

Apr 08, 2023

Art work by Yvonne Jacquette / Courtesy the artist / DC Moore Gallery

Since the late nineteen-seventies, the name Yvonne Jacquette has been synonymous with aerial landscapes: cities twinkling at night or patchwork rural expanses, seen from the high floors of skyscrapers or from low-flying planes. These paintings (and drawings and prints) are vibrant but distant, expressing their love of the unpredictable world with equanimity. Call the images realist if you insist, but their intricate patterns tilt toward abstraction, a reminder that paintbrushes aren't cameras. Two wonderful shows at the DC Moore gallery (on view through June 10) present very early and very late works by the American artist, who died in April, at the age of eighty-eight. Instead of airborne perspectives, the show surprises with domestic vantage points, whether it's a Maine meadow framed by floral curtains, from 1964, or the back of a billboard seen through the window of Jacquette's Manhattan studio, from 2020. "Barn Ceiling" (above), from 1969, is a luminous, nearly seven-foot-tall interior that's also a rigorous study in stripes (and, maybe, a post-and-beam riposte to Minimalism, then in its heyday). Jacquette planned the exhibitions in recent months with her son (and fellow-painter), Tom Burckhardt. One of the show's most touching moments is a rare still-life, from 2020—film cannisters stored on shelves, their stacks suggesting miniature towers—that also reads as a portrait of Jacquette's late husband, the Swiss filmmaker and photographer Rudy Burckhardt.

May. 4-Jun. 10

535 W. 22nd St.



Yvonne Jacquette