Nicole Eisenman, “The Triumph of Poverty,” 2009, oil on canvas, 65 x 82.”
Installation view at Leo Koenig.
Nicole Eisenman, “Beer Garden with Ash,” 2009, oil on canvas, 65 x 82″
“There’s a whole genre of paintings, particularly French ones, of people eating and drinking, and the beer garden seems to be the equivalent, for certain residents of twenty-first-century Brooklyn, of the grand public promenades and social spaces of the nineteenth century. It’s where we go to socialize, to commiserate about how the world is a fucked-up place and about our culture’s obsession with happiness.” –Nicole Eisenman
“Nicole Eisenman: The Way We Weren’t,” Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Through January 3, 2010.