Yvonne Jacquette: The Complete Woodcuts, 1987-2009
by Ariston Anderson
Known for oil paintings offering aerial perspectives of New York City, over the past 22 years accomplished artist Yvonne Jacquette has also lent her talent of capturing compelling cityscapes to the art form of woodcuts. Building a collection that now includes 18 woodcuts, a retrospective of her work is currently on view at the Mary Ryan Gallery in Chelsea.
Once assuming a studio in the World Trade Center, Jacquette's dedication to portraying landscapes taken from high vantage points is revealed in scenes of the New York City skyline—from the architectural expanse of bridge cables to the stark emptiness of office windows at night. Any urban enthusiast can relate to the collection of woodcut prints. The compositions include enough details to easily navigate the city's portrait, yet provide a general sense of the magnitude any metropolis maintains.