Yvonne Jacquette is a versatile artist who has taken as her special subject what the world looks like from high above it.
Above is called Midtown Composite (woodcut), found at soup.
This one, another night view of the big city, is Mixed Heights, found here
This is Minneapolis–could you guess? It’s one third of a trio, 1984 shown in Milkmag
Yvonne Jacquette was born in Pittsburgh and lives in New York City. Her work has been chosen for many public collections including those of The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Staatliche Museum, Berlin, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.
All her works begin with direct studies in pastel on paper from jet airplanes, city high-rises, or from single-engine planes.
Every now and then, she has taken her talent outside the city. Above is called a Study for Little River Farm IV, 1979, which is owned by the Metropolitan Museum.
This, above, is the same piece of farm in colour, 1979, also from the MET
And here is a stunning aerial view of the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg Pennsylvania, 1982, seen here.
Above two, one a night street in the big city, one a highly lit company parking lot on the outskirts, are from dcmoore gallery
Back to New York, this is Yvonne Jacquette’s, New York Harbor Composite, 2003. Woodcut, owned by Yale University Art Gallery
There’s a book about Ms Jacquette and her work. Your library should have one.
She seems to have stepped into a space left alone by other artists and made it all her own. For us, she’s at her best at night, above the big city, a city on the water, with streets and waterways that go about their business unconscious of anyone watching from above.
Her work will remind you that the best moments in an airplane are often on the return flight, just before landing, when the lights of our home town come into view and we recognize a sign, a building, a bridge, a busy street.
Above is Pier A at Battery Park, New York, as seen by Yvonne Jacquette, found at The Brooklyn Rail