Yvonne Jacquette (b. 1934) is reknowned for her nocturnal cityscape, landscape and aerial views. Both a printmaker and painter, Jacquette’s interest in cloud formations, weather patterns, and aerial views was first sparked during a flight to San Diego in 1969. She subsequently focused on New York in the 1980s and 1990s, chartering planes from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, working from the Empire State Building, and using empty office spaces and enclosed decks of the World Trade Center to create elevated views of the city. After a trip to Hong Kong in 1990, she included multiple perspectives in her composition, making new spatial configurations through heightened color, elemental repetition, and manipulation of light, scale, and perspective. She has since painted aerial views of major cities across the United States, Canada, and Japan, although her primary focus is New York City.
Printmaking is an important part of Jacquette’s practice and she has made several silkscreens, lithographs, and woodcuts that depict New York City, Chicago, and New Jersey. The majority of her woodcuts, which she typically spends a year or more hand-cutting, are printed in dark inks on Japanese Okawara paper. She prefers this material for its natural contrast and ability to smoothly absorb the dense ink.
Mary Ryan Gallery represents Yvonne Jacquette’s original prints in New York City. The gallery held exhibitions of her prints in 2009 and 1996, publishing 10 woodcuts between 1997 and 2009.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Stamford, CT, Jacquette attended the Rhode Island School of Design before moving to New York City in 1956. She has participated in major exhibitions, including at The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of the City of New York; National Academy of Design, NY; Springfield Museum of Art, MO; St. Louis Art Museum, MO; Swarthmore College, PA; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and Yale University Art Gallery, CT.The Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, CA, organized a comprehensive retrospective in 2002, which later traveled to Colby College Museum of Art, ME; Utah Museum of Fine Arts; and Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, among them Brooklyn Museum, NY; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of the City of New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Springfield Museum, MO; and Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. In 2008, the Museum of the City of New York organized “Under New York Skies: Nocturnes by Yvonne Jacquette,” which was shown concurrently with “Street Dance,” an exhibition of photography by her late husband Rudy Burckhardt. Mary Ryan Gallery held “Yvonne Jacquette: The Complete Woodcuts, 1987-2009” in 2009, which later traveled to the Springfield Art Museum, MO.
Important publications include: Aerial Muse: The Art of Yvonne Jacquette by Hilarie Faberman (New York, Hudson Hills Press); Picturing New York: The Art of Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Burckhardt (New York, Museum of the City of New York and Bunker Hill Publishing, 2008); and Yvonne Jacquette: The Complete Woodcuts, 1987-2009 (New York, Mary Ryan Gallery, 2009).