Yvonne Jacquette’s Breathtaking Images
World from the Sky
YONKERS, NY. January 3, 2003 – For almost 30 years, Yvonne Jacquette has represented the diverse places and spaces of the contemporary landscape in paintings, drawings and prints of aerial views. On February 8, the Hudson River Museum will open Aerial Muse: The Art of Yvonne Jacquette, an exhibition of 36 paintings, drawings, pastels and prints illustrating the development of this nationally acclaimed artist’s landscape paintings and prints from 1975 to the present. This first retrospective of Jacquette’s work will be on view at the museum through May 4. Works for this exhibition come from the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery.
Jacquette, born in Pittsburgh in 1934, uses the aerial vantage from skyscrapers and airplanes, to show and interpret regions and topographies. America’s East and West coasts as well as its heartland – Minneapolis, Chicago and Texas – drew her to their day and nighttime views of cities, towns and farmlands. She gives special attention to harbors, bridges, rural factories and large industrial sites. Once declaring that she wanted to be a portraitist of cities, Jacquette includes Tokyo and Hong Kong in her pantheon of the contemporary metropolis. Pattern and grid are apparent in Jacquette’s work, but on another level she examines the relationships between the man-made and the natural, urban and rural, agrarian and industrial, and the worlds of power, labor and leisure.
Influenced by the styles of Impressionism, Pointillism, Abstract Expressionism and Asian Art, Jacquette also incorporates into her work her commercial experience with design. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and in 1955 moved to New York City, supporting herself by drafting for helicopter manuals and by designing textiles. Her long-range observations of Earth contrast with the standard realist landscape genre, and allow her to stretch the concept of landscape itself. From her heights, Jacquette is not necessarily seeking cartographic accuracy. In fact, she may combine perspectives. Her ability to associate and suggest allows her to meditate on the condition of the landscapes she views.
Aerial Muse is accompanied by videos documenting Jacquette’s career and a comprehensive catalogue with essays by Hilarie Faberman, Vincent Katz and Bill Berkson.
The exhibition, curated by Hilarie Faberman, the Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, was organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University. The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by the Contemporary Collector’s Circle of the Cantor Arts Center, the Cowles Charitable Trust, and the Richard Florsheim Art Fund. The Westchester showing has been made possible, in part, by a grant from AVR Realty Company.