The Easel

‘All art is voyeuristic’: Lisa Yuskavage on the joy of provocation

Yuskavage’s paintings of nude women lead some (but certainly not all) to say her work has a “soft porn aesthetic”. Yuskavage disagrees. Why so much nudity? It’s “the biggest subject in the history of art”. Is her work voyeuristic? “All art is voyeuristic. It’s fun to be provocative. I’m Apollonian in my life [but] in my studio, I’m pretty Dionysian. My experience is really smart people get [my work]”