Lisa Yuskavage, Small Department of Painting Drawing and Sculpture (detail), 2019. © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy of David Zwirner.

Lisa Yuskavage Will Be Wearing Something Extremely Flammable to Her Own Funeral

A new show of the artist's work is now on view at David Zwirner's online viewing room—but before you head over there, read her answers to the GARAGE Questionnaire.

by GARAGE Magazine
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May 20 2020, 12:00pm

Lisa Yuskavage, Small Department of Painting Drawing and Sculpture (detail), 2019. © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy of David Zwirner.

Welcome to the GARAGE Questionnaire— a set of questions for our times, with inquiries that range from delicate to unhinged—all the better to peer into the multifaceted minds of our creative heroes.

You know a Lisa Yuskavage painting when you see one. They are saturated with color and imbued with a sense of sensuality, revealing moments of tenderness, tension, romance, loneliness. This week, David Zwirner is hosting Studio: Lisa Yuskavage, the third in an ongoing series that seeks to highlight the work of an artist within the context of their current practice. Log on to their online viewing room and you can see a selection of Yuskavage's work, alongside videos of the artist talking about her process and inspiration (hearing the artist talking about their work is always a treat, but Yuskavage is especially compelling and fun!—check her out on the Zwirner podcast if you have a little bit of free time and we know you do—which is why we are thrilled to have her take on the GARAGE Questionnaire.

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Lisa Yuskavage, "Naked Neighbor," 2020. © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy of David Zwirner.

What’s your ideal first day out in the world once “this is over”?
Go to the Metropolitan Museum and catch the Richter show, then dinner with friends at Supper Restaurant in the East Village.

What’s the thing you unexpectedly miss the most right now?
Chatting with strangers.

What is something you’ve discovered about yourself while in quarantine?
How much I love reading.

What is the best thing you’ve cooked while in quarantine?
Pumpkin pancakes.

Instagram Live or Zoom?
Both depress me.

What’s your quarantine uniform?
Nothing changed about my clothing choices.

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Lisa Yuskavage, "The Psychic," 2020. © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy of David Zwirner.


What’s the best thing you’ve read or watched while in quarantine?
Gotten into George Saunders's short stories.

Andy Warhol is coming for dinner. Who else do you invite?
Why would I share? A one-on-one.

Favorite problematic person, living or dead (or cancelled)?
Hillary Clinton.

What is your favorite piece of furniture that you own or wish to own?
A Maria Pergay dining table.

Favorite iconic red carpet moment (could be your own)?
I never thought about it.

What is a book you wish you’d written? (Or artwork you wish you'd made, or collection you wish you'd designed, or song you wish you'd written, etc.)
The goal is to make the artwork you wished someone else had made already but didn't, no?

When and where were you happiest?
Yesterday was awesome, I planted some flowers.

What is your idea of misery?
Anything regarding imprisonment or loss of freedom.

What is the most overrated virtue?
Piety.

What is your favorite journey?
The Piero trail in Tuscany.

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Lisa Yuskavage, "Small Department of Painting Drawing and Sculpture," 2019. © Lisa Yuskavage. Courtesy of David Zwirner.

Final meal: who, what, where...and when?
A great piece of toast with olive oil and sea salt.

If your style were cooked, what would it taste like?
Rattlesnake.

What are you wearing to your own funeral?
Something extremely flammable.

What is the last time you were moved by a work of art (any kind of art) and what was it?
Beloved by Toni Morrison.

When was the last time you fell in love?
1985.

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