Elizabeth Peyton has been a celebrated portraitist since the mid 1990s-a time when figurative
painting was not central to art discourse.1 Her subjects have included film idols, rock stars, and
historical figures (John Lennon, Marie Antoinette, and Susan Sontag), as well as friends and
fellow artists (Rirkrit Tiravanija, Angus Cook, and Nick Mauss). Peyton’s oeuvre is marked by a
striking intimacy, even in her depictions of the historical.