Selected Works

Artist Bio

Born in Israel in 1974, Yossifor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine in 2002.

Yossifor’s large-scale paintings testify to the artist’s deft navigation of both time and space. These works articulate the process of their own making, as each composition emerges over the course of a frenetic (yet controlled) three-day intervention by the artist– before the paint dries and the composition is locked into place. Yossifor begins each painting with an array of colors: mars yellow, ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, for example. Ultimately, utilizing a color theory of neutralization, these pure hues coalesce into Yossifor’s now-signature monochrome palette, as her gesture traverses the canvas plane, thusly prioritizing “continuous action over the appeal of color,” as she says.

This contemporary interpretation of “action painting” is constrained by the artist’s self-imposed three-day timeline, as well as the physical boundaries of the oil paint medium itself. As the artist states, “My drive to paint while the layer is wet overrides the pictorial decisions…the monochrome aspect of the work is another way to resist picture making.” Her work thus responds to criteria invented by the artist, similar to Sol LeWitt’s conceptual instructions or Anges Martin’s minimalist formulas. More immediately, her paintings recall the monochrome abstraction of Christopher Wool’s work, as well as more historical precedents including European abstract expressionist movements including the “Informel” artists of the early 20th century. Still, Yossifor’s work occupies a uniquely contemporary arena, influenced by not only her gender and heritage, but rather by her highly intellectual yet intensely physical approach to the very act of painting.

Liat Yossifor has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues including Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery in New York, NY; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, CA; Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, Israel; the Museum of Modern Fine Arts in Minsk, Belarus; and Kunsthaus Nuremberg in Germany, among many others. She has been awarded numerous residences including the prestigious Frankfurter Kunstverein residency in Frankfurt, Germany. The artist currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Gesture, Scribble, Time, Structure, Royale Projects: Contemporary Art, Palm Desert, CA

2013
Hidden (with Sibylle Springer), solo position, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, DE

2012
Thought Patterns, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery, New York

2011
Performers from a Future Past, Angles Gallery, Culver City, CA

2010
Falling into Ends, Anita Beckers Gallery, Frankfurt, GER

2007
The Dawning of an Aspect (Project), Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, CA
Liat Yossifor: The Tender Among Us, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA

2006
The Black Paintings (Project), Noga Gallery of Contemporary of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2005
New Paintings, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Transitions, Anita Beckers Gallery, Frankfurt, DE

2013
Stolen Gestures, Kunsthaus Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany

2013
Looking Back at Tomorrow: the First Five Years of Royale Projects, Royale Projects: Contemporary Art, Palm Desert CA

2012
Fall Collection, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, Ca

2012
80 Days, Torrance Museum, Torrance, CA
Prince at the Forum, Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood, CA
I'd be safe and warm (two-person), Royale Projects: Contemporary Art, Indian Wells, CA
Iva Gueorguieva and Liat Yossifor (two-person), Angles Gallery, LA, CA
Summer Group Show, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe Gallery, New York
La Cosa Nostra, Rheeway Gallery, LA, CA
About Paint, Carl Berg Projects, LA, CA

2010
A Reflected Gaze, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2009
To Here Knows When (two-person), University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
Lovable like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children, curated by Joshua Aster and Kristin Calabrese, The Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mighty Daggers Do Small Painting Throw, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles
Project/Protect, curated by Manon Slome and Anita Beckers, Pulse NY

2008
The War Is Over, with Aaron Sandnes (two-person), Seeline Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
A Deadly Serious Show, Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007
It figures, Torrance Fine Arts Museum, Torrance, CA 2006 Subject, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT

2006
From America, Museum of Modern Fine Arts, Minsk, Belarus

2005
The Collection of Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, University of California Gallery, Davis, CA

2003
The Real Me, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA 2002 The End, Deep River Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Better Look Twice, Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA 2002 Portraits of Yfat (two-person), Angels Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2001
The Third Wight Biennial, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, CA

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014
Christoph Schütte, Exhibition at Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 23
Liliana Rodriguez, Navigating space and History in Paint, The Nomadic Journal, January 9

2013
Ludwig Seyfarth, Stolen Gestures, Kunsthaus Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany, catalog essay and Illustration.
Ludwig Seyfarth, Hidden, exhibition essay, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany

2012
Frank, Pricilla. Liat Yossifor’s Thought Patterns Trace the Image Of Thinking And A Moment Undone. The Huffington Post, November 9
Schad, Ed. Liat Yossifor: Interview, I call it Oranges/ Painters' Table, November

2011
Pagel David, Liat Yossifor at Angles Gallery, LA Times, March 10
Pomonis Mary Anna, Jet Set Satruday: Liat Yossifor at Angles Gallery, Artlurker, March
Beacon Arts Building, Catalog, Prince at the Forum. Illustration.
Exhibition Spotlight, Liat Yossifor’s Performers from a Future Past, Huffington Post Arts, March 7

2010
Christoph Schütte, Construction and Truth, Works by Liat Yossifor and Martina Wolf in the Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 3
Brooks, Kimberly, Painting Evolution: Interview with Artist Liat Yossifor, Arts Section, Huffington Post, July
Torrance Art Museum, A Reflected Gaze, Catalog. Illustration.

2009
Karen Lang, Liat Yossifor: Below the Eye, X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly, May Issue, P. 56 – 59.

2008
New American Paintings, Juried by LACMA curator Rita Gonzalez, No. 79, December Issue, p. 168 -171
LICC 01, Astrerisk Press, 2008, p. 32, 33 (catalog)
Leila Kahstoo, The War Is Over: Liat Yossifor and Aaron Sandnes, Artweek, July August Issue, p. 17, 18

2007
Patterson, Carrie, Training Ground, NY Arts Magazine, May-June Issue
Dambrot, Shana Nys, Liat Yossifor, Ten by Ten, Ten upcoming artists, uber.com. March
Newhouse, Kristina, Agonism, catalog essay, Liat Yossifor: The Tender Among Us, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA, January
Roni Feldman, Liat Yossifor at the Pomona College Museum of Art, The Annual Journal at CGU

2006
Rosenbaum, Hemda, Liat Yossifor: The Black Paintings at Noga Gallery, Interview, Achbar Ha'Ir, Tel Aviv, April

2005
Shaked, Nizan, The Secret and the Surface, exhibition essay, Anna Helwing, Los Angeles, April

2001
Shaked, Nizan, The Sum of The Parts Is…, catalog essay, The Third Wight Biennial, University of California, Los Angeles

RESIDENCIES and AWARDS

2012
The Rema Hort Foundation Nominee, New York, NY

2011
Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA

2010
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, GER (as guest of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program)

2009
London International Competition Finalist

2008
The Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

2000-2002
University of California, Irvine, Departmental Fellowship