Yishai Jusidman’s Prussian Blue is a series of paintings rendered almost exclusively in one of the earliest artificially developed pigments used by European painters—Prussian Blue. The chemical compound that makes up this pigment happens to be related to the Prussic acid in Zyklon B, the poisonous product deployed at some of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps. By a strange turn, traces of the pigment remain to this day in the walls of the gas chambers. Such stains are quiet, disturbing, and palpable reminders which Jusidman’s paintings re-engage with a profound effect.
This exhibition is organized by Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, and is making its United States debut at YBCA.
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Artist Yishai Jusidman and curator Cuauhtémoc Medina share the stage to discuss PRUSSIAN BLUE, the artist's current exhibition at YBCA.
Yishai Jusidman’s (b. Mexico City, 1963) noteworthy solo exhibitions include Prussian Blue, Americas Society, New York (2013) and MUAC, Mexico City (2016–17); Paintworks, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2009); The Economist Shuffle, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York (2007); and mutatis mutandis/Working Painters, which traveled to SMAK, Ghent, Belgium; MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain; and MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico (2002–3). His paintings have been featured in important international group exhibitions, such as the 2014 SITE Santa Fe Biennial; the 2001 Venice Biennale; Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Miami Art Museum (2000–2003); and ARS 01, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland (2001). Jusidman’s work is often included in panoramic exhibitions of Mexican contemporary art, as in The Era of Discrepancy, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2007); Echo—Contemporary Art from Mexico, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2003); and Soleils du Mexique, Petit Palais, Paris (2000). Jusidman lives and works in Los Angeles.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Yishai Jusidman: Prussian Blue is organized by the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, MUAC. UNAM, México.
YBCA Exhibitions 2017–2018 are made possible in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Panta Rhea Foundation, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and United Airlines.
YBCA Programs 2017–2018 are made possible, in part, by: The James Irvine Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 2017–2018: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Lead Image: Yishai Jusidman, Rag #9 from the series Prussian Blue, 2013–15. Oil and acrylic on cotton mounted on wood. Courtesy the artist.