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The ICA 2010 Benefit Honors Lisa Yuskavage
April 13, 2010, Volume 56, No. 29

Claudia Gould, The Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director, and the Board of Overseers of the ICA will host a celebration at the ICA on Wednesday, May 5. The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Spring 2010 Benefit, honoring artist Lisa Yuskavage, will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Festive dress; valet parking. RSVP online at www.icaphila.org/events/benefit2010.php

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is honoring Ms. Yuskavage for her continued contribution to the arts, and for making the ICA the site of her first solo museum exhibition in 2000. A decade later, she has become an internationally esteemed artist and one of the most acclaimed painters of her generation.

“Yuskavage’s sumptuous, self-aware canvases spring from an immersion in the tradition of European painting, while simultaneously engaging the vulgarity and provocation of contemporary life. All elements, whether the color, figures, light or landscapes, are themselves characters vying to intensify the mood of the paintings. Evoking visceral reactions, the work delivers mixed messages that are both personal and psychosocial,” according to Ms. Gould.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ms. Yuskavage graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls and Tyler School of Art/Temple University, where she received her BFA in 1984. Temple awarded her with a Founders’ Day Certificate of Honor in 2000. She was awarded her MFA from Yale School of Art in 1986. Her work is held in the public collections of various museums around the country and in the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She has been the focus of solo exhibitions in Mexico City, Mexico and in Geneva, Switzerland. She has served on the ICA Board of Overseers since 2004. She joined David Zwirner in 2005, where she has since had three solo exhibitions.

Almanac - April 13, 2010, Volume 56, No. 29