Movements: Liat Yossifor

88 pages with 32 illustrations.
April 2016. Hardcover.
$35 | 9780983254072

Limited edition. Designed by Peter Duniecki.

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Liat Yossifor’s first artist monograph focuses on a series of ever-evolving grey paintings she produced from 2011–2016.

Employing a time-based process to create these works, she continuously scrapes, sculpts, and re-works the paint until it hardens on the surface. Of the works here, Yossifor has said, “The grey is so much more for me. The grey is the result of color being consumed, of constant editing. The grey is the result of a thousand paintings that got destroyed in the process of making a single one.” Yossifor was profiled by Modern Painters as an artist to watch for 2016 and frequently exhibits in New York; Frankfurt, Germany; Guadalajara, Mexico; Sydney, Australia; and Chicago. The book includes essays by Karen Lang, Christopher Michno, Stella Rollig and Ed Schad.

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My interest in the paintings of Liat Yossifor is multifold. […] In her work, she has opened up a distinct space for herself within a domain many thought was no longer possible to work in: drawing in paint on canvas. In her work, Yossifor rejects the formal claim that drawing in paint (as in Willem de Kooning) evolved into the non-expressionistic use of paint-as-paint (Jackson Pollock). Rather than embracing this view of materiality, she seems to be interested in the connotative possibilities of paint’s materiality when it is explored through alla prima painting and a rethinking of the figure-ground relationship. Her works suggest figural abstractions in which no figure is visible.
– John Yau, Hyperallergic, May 29, 2021


1. book, Liat Yossifor, portrait

Liat Yossifor is an Israeli-born artist based in Los Angeles. She has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including (solos) The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO; the Benton Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; and Pitzer Art Galleries in Claremont; PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL; Fox Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; and Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany. Group exhibitions include those at the Museo de Arte de Sinaloa, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico; the Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Carolyn Campagna Contemporary Art Museum, Long Beach, CA; the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA; the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; Kunsthaus Nuremberg, Germany; and the Margulies Collection.

Yossifor earned her MFA from the University of California, Irvine, 2002. She completed residencies at The Rauschenberg in Captiva Island in Florida in 2020, and at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany in 2010 and was the recipient of Villa Aurora and Thomas Mann House Berlin Fellowship, Germany, in 2022. Select public collections include: Creative Artist Agency (CAA), Los Angeles, CA; Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection (CIAC), Mexico City, Mexico; The Margulies Collection, Miami, FL; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.


Karen Lang was a professor of Art History at the University of Southern California before moving to the University of Warwick ( UK ) in 2011. From 2010 – 2013 she edited The Art Bulletin, the leading peer-review journal of international art history.

Christopher Michno is a writer and former Associate Editor of Artillery, a bimonthly contemporary art magazine based in Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to KCET’s Artbound blog. His writing has appeared in anthologies and Los Angeles publications including the LA Weekly, Artillery and Art Ltd.

Stella Rollig is an Austrian curator, author and former journalist for ORF Radio and Der Standard. From 1994 to 1996 she acted as Austrian Federal Curator for Visual Arts. She has been teaching at various art schools, and since 2004 has been the artistic director of the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz.

Ed Schad is a Los Angeles-based curator and writer for art and culture publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Art ReviewFrieze, Modern Painters, and The Brooklyn Rail. Most of his writing can be found on his website,


Código, December 2016
Newcity Art, November 2016
Fabrik, Issue 31, April 2016
Modern Painters, January 2016
Artillery, April 2015
Christoph Schütte, “Dance in Gray Mass,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 18, 2016