Nicole Eisenman

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Nicole Eisenman
Born 1965
Nationality American
Known for Visual artist
Awards MacArthur fellowship
Painting by Nicole Eisenman

Nicole Eisenman (born 1965) is an American artist who is known primarily for her paintings. Eisenman was a professor at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson from 2003 to 2009.[1] She has been awarded the Guggenheim fellowship (1996), the Carnegie Prize (2013), and has twice been included in the Whitney Biennial (1995, 2012).[2][self-published source] On September 29, 2015, she won the MacArthur "Genius Grant" award for "restoring the representation of the human form a cultural significance that had waned during the ascendancy of abstraction in the 20th century”.[3] Eisenman currently lives and works in Brooklyn.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Nicole Eisenman was born in 1965 in Verdun, France[6] where her father was stationed as an army psychiatrist. She grew up in Scarsdale, New York[7][8] and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987.[9] Her great-grandmother was Esther Hamerman.[10]


Eisenman's figurative oil paintings often toy with themes of sexuality, comedy, and caricature.[11] Though she is known for her paintings, the artist also creates installations, drawings, prints, and sculptures.[11] With A.L. Steiner, she is the co-founder of the queer/feminist curatorial initiative Ridykeulous.[12]

Eisenman's paintings often represent expressionistic portraits of characters that she says are portrayed as her friends and even herself. These characters are based on Eisenman's observations of life from a cultural and contemporary perspective.[13]

Eisenman's early influences include Sigmar Polke, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Haim Steinbach, Jeff Koons, Chris Burden and Cindy Sherman. Alongside graphic art she's seen in comics, punk rock culture, fellow artists in her neighborhood and ethos. Eisenman credits her exposure in the 1990s to the works of Janine Antoni, Marlene Dumas, Kiki Smith and Nicola Tyson being particularly inspiring as she searched for her own artistic voice.[14] Most of her early work style was an inspiration from Edvard Munch,[15] Philip Guston and Amy Sillman

Eisenman is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin, Anton Kern Gallery in New York City and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects in Los Angeles.

Partial exhibition history[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]


Eisenman has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including the Guggenheim Fellowship (1996),[23] the Carnegie Prize,[24] the Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2014) and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant (1995).[2][self-published source] She was also the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur "genius grant." Also in 2015, she was named as one of The Forward 50.[25]


The artist's work can be found in a number of institutions, including:


  • Nicole Eisenman: Behavior (Rice Gallery, 1998)
  • Nicole Eisenman: Selected works 1993–2003 (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 2003)
  • Nicole Eisenman: Selected Works 1994–2004 ed. Victor Mathieu (Walther König, 2008)
  • Nicole Eisenman: The Way We Weren't (Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, 2010)
  • Nicole Eisenman ed. Beatrix Ruf (JRP-Ringier, 2011)
  • Parkett no. 91 (Parkett Verlag, 2012)
  • Nicole Eisenman: Dear Nemesis, 1993–2013 (Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis/Walther König, 2014)


  1. ^ a b "Nicole Eisenman", 2013 Carnegie International, Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Nicole Eisenman CV", Koening & CLinton, Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  3. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (2015-09-29). "MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners for 2015 Are Announced". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Nicole Eisenman | Whitney Museum of American Art". Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Kotz, Liz (October 1993). "Nicole Eisenman". Artforum International  – via Questia (subscription required). Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Koenig & Clinton - Nicole Eisenman", Koenig and Clinton, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Even the Art Museums Can't Escape Her Barbs", New York Times, Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  8. ^ "BUTT JOHNSON INTERVIEWS NICOLE EISENMAN", ReReveal, Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Biography of Nicole Eisenman - Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects". Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Newhall, Edith. "All in the Family". Artnews. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Eisenmann", Kunsthalle Zurich, 11 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™", CAM, Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Nicole Eisenman - 42 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  14. ^ Tinti, Mary (23 Feb 2011). "Grove Art Online: Nicole Eisenman". Oxford Art Online. 
  15. ^ "Edvard Munch | artnet". Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  16. ^ "Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993-2013", Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 2014 – April 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Dear Nemesis: Nicole Eisenman 1993-2013", ICA Philadelphia, Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman’s Seder". The Jewish Museum. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  19. ^ Inde, Vilis (1998). Art in the Courtroom. Praeger  – via Questia (subscription required). p. 40. 
  20. ^ Herbert, Martin (November 2012). "London Round-up". Art Monthly  – via Questia (subscription required). Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Artists - Manifesta10", Manifesta, Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  22. ^ "MoMa | The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World", MoMA, Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Nicole Eisenman - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation", John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  24. ^ , the Carnegie Prize (2013) "Wielding a New Medium, Nicole Eisenman Wins the Carnegie Prize". , ArtInfo, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  25. ^ November 11, 2015 (2015-11-07). "Forward 50 2015 –". Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  26. ^ "Eisenman, Nicole", Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  27. ^ "The Jewish Museum". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 

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