Elisabeth Peyton. Live forever
Out of Print
Laura Hoptman, Iwona Blazwic, John Giorno
Phaidon, London, 2008
Willowy, melancholy young men and women — contemporary pop stars, royalty, artists and friends — are the magnetic subjects of her devotion. Caught as if in a state of ambiguous absorption and frozen at the height of their youth, they embody a new kind of portraiture that confirms and updates the immortalizing aura of the traditional genre. Peyton’s melding of influences and obsessions ranges widely: from fandom and fashion illustration to academic anatomical studies; from David Hockney and Andy Warhol to a range of Mannerist and Old Master classics; from innocence to the world of bohemia, equally crediting photography and life drawing as its driving forces. Her enamoured yet refreshingly economic, informal light wash technique underscores her uniquely delicate, informed hybrid of high and low culture, a statement executed with infectious, seemingly effortless fluidity.
Published in conjunction with the artist’s major solo exhibition organized by the New Museum in New York and traveling to the Whitechapel in London, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.