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Isa, (Isa Genzken, 1980), 2011
18 × 13 7/8 in (45.7 × 35.24 cm)
Framed: 24 7/8 X 20 3/8 in (63.2 × 51.75 cm)
Two printings from separate plates on Hahnemuhle copperplate 300gm paper, mixed silver ink, etching with aquatint
Printed by Two Palms Press
Produced for the Museum by Lisa Ivorian-Jones
Edition of 25 with 8 APs
For the New Museum’s Limited Edition program, Elizabeth Peyton (b. 1965) has depicted fellow artist Isa Genzken, whose monumental Rose II graces the exterior of the Museum. The portrait shows Isa in a closely cropped, three-quarter turn of the head; her striking face fills the picture plane with loosely swept brushstrokes and seductive lines. She looks out at us, penetrating the space of the drawing¬—vibrant and alive. In creating Isa (2011), Peyton added mica to the ink, giving it a sheen and sparkle. Hand-printed, inked, and wiped onto wet paper, the print is lush, evocative, and painterly. Though the subjects in Peyton’s paintings vary, the main focus of her work remains remarkably consistent. Her central interest is in people who, whether through their actions, their art, or their lives, mark their time and shape our culture. Her portraits have included Napoleon, Sid Vicious, Queen Elizabeth, Frida Kahlo, Abraham Lincoln, Michelle Obama, Prince Harry, Georgia O’Keefe, and Kurt Cobain.
Elizabeth Peyton is widely recognized for bringing new dimensions to painting in the 1990s and is among the most celebrated painters of her generation. Her body of work, including paintings, drawings, and prints, has been shown internationally in galleries and major museum exhibitions over the past two decades, including “Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton,” New Museum, New York, in 2008, which traveled to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Whitechapel, London, and Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands. Rendered from photographs or from real life, Peyton’s diverse subjects span centuries and range from artists to aristocrats and musicians, as well as an occasional athlete and, lately, still lives.
Elizabeth Peyton has chosen a white oak frame with a white gold leaf face and natural sides and finish. Collectors may frame as they wish or follow the artist’s preference.