Joyce Pensato (American, 1941–2019)
Enamel and metallic paint on linen
90 x 72 inches
Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation
Joyce Pensato was perhaps best known for her paintings based on toys and cartoon characters such as Homer Simpson, Batman, and the subject of this painting, the Disney character Daisy Duck. Pensato’s pop culture subjects are psychologically charged and painted in an aggressively gestural fashion in mostly black, white, and silver, which bestow them with a tortured, soulful demeanor, challenging the superficiality of popular culture. Their drips and splatters amplify the emotional intensity of Pensato’s subjects while also suggesting the rebellious, expressive, and prohibited art of graffiti.