Nicole Eisenman


mixed media on paper
10 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches

One of the most inventive figurative painters and sculptors to emerge in recent times, Nicole Eisenman’s approach culls, incorporates, and reinvents styles and content from the whole of art history. In this work on paper, the familiar art historical scene of a man on a horse appears to be an updated, allegorical tale. The older man in the baseball cap leads two young men off a cliff by tricking the donkey with an unobtainable object tied to a stick. Whether intensely personal or overtly political, her work always seems to reveal something darkly humorous about the human condition. Eisenman was a 2015 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” and the winner of the 2013 Carnegie Prize. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Secession, Vienna; New Museum, New York; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; ICA Philadelphia; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Earlier this year, Eisenman’s work was featured in the Whitney Biennial, and her Sketch for a Fountain was recently acquired by the Nasher Sculpture Center.