“Pensato is positioned between the illustrative figuration of Pop Art and the gestural physicality of Abstract Expressionism”
This catalogue is a survey of Joyce Pensato’s collaboration with Lisson Gallery. It is vaguely chronological, but not meaningfully so; it is loosely ordered by medium, subject and style but with only an idiosyncratic logic of the eye.
Featuring an entirely new body of work, encompassing large-scale paintings, drawings and a site-specific wallpaper installation.
An alumna of the New York Studio School in the 1970s, where she was mentored by influential artists such as Joan Mitchell, Pensato challenged the school’s strict figurative life drawing practice and painted directly from cardboard cut-outs, dolls and photographs as a replacement for the traditional fruit of still lifes.
Her humorous, innovative and critical translation of comic-book imagery, combined with a ferocious application of paint, positions Pensato between the illustrative figuration of Pop Art and the gestural physicality of Abstract Expressionism.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Joyce Pensato: FORGETTABOUT IT at Lisson Gallery, London (19 May – 24 June 2017).
Design: Zoë Anspach