Seriously Funny Al-ugh-ories
Beer Garden with Ash (2009, oil on canvas, 65 x 82") is among the many expressionist marvels currently on view in Nicole Eisenman: Al-ugh-ories at the New Museum in NYC.
Since opening earlier this month at the New Museum in NYC, Nicole Eisenman: Al-ugh-ories – billed as the first NYC survey show of work by 2015 MacArthur Award-winner Nicole Eisenman 89 PT – has been attracting well-deserved attention.
“Any attention drawn to Eisenman benefits conversation about contemporary art,” notes New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl in a wonderful review titled Seriously Funny. “Eisenman’s resourceful Expressionism hints at the power of narrative painting to re-situate the art world in the world at large,” he writes.
When co-curator of the New Museum show Massimiliano Gioni asked Eisenman if she represents “the voice of a queer community,” she said, “No. God, no,” and went on to explain that she “couldn’t draw a line around a group of people and claim to have a voice for anyone other than [her]self.”
“Like her sexual self-assertion, Eisenman’s stylistic genres are means to the end of sustaining her confidence as an artist,” Schjeldahl writes.
Al-ugh-ories continues through June 26 at the New Museum.