29 May 2023

Yvonne Jacquette: Up/Down/Inside/Out

The artist Yvonne Jacquette died on April 23 at the age of eighty-eight. She had participated in planning a new exhibition that combines early and recent work and is now on view at the D.C. Moore Gallery in New York City.

Jacquette's aerial views earned her the sobriquet "Canaletto of the skies" after the Venetian painter famed for his topographical views. Like Canaletto, The line between what is real and what is imaginary is shifting. Typically, she built layer over layer of shifting perspectives. 

Film Cans is a rare still life, an unusual subject for Jacquette, rendered from an oblique angle that evokes for me the works of Chinese artists of the past two millennia. Of course, the humble film can is usually dark gray but the addition of many other colors hints at the varied marvels witin.

Jaquette  depicted Manhattan from a rented airplane, circling the island; sometimes she worked from a perch on the upper floors  in the Empire State Building. 

Jacquette was married for four decades to Swiss filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt until his suicide in 1999.

Image: Yvonne Jacquette - Film Cans, 2020, oil on linen, D.C. Moore Gallery, NYC.

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