Nicole Eisenman: Sturm und Drang

  • Co-published with The Contemporary Austin and The FLAG Art Foundation

    Paperback with flaps, sewn sections, flat spine
    10.25 x 12.5 inches
    120 Images / 208 Pages

  • Essay by Heather Pesanti
    Essay by Stephanie Roach and Jonathan Rider
    Essay by Nicole Eisenman
    Text by Litia Perta
    Essay by Alhena Katsof
    Conversation with Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee

  • ISBN: 9781942185741
  • Trade Edition: $60.00
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ABOUT THE BOOK

This book accompanies the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize exhibition, Nicole Eisenman: Sturm und Drang. The exhibition runs through August 16, 2020, at The Contemporary Austin’s downtown venue, the Jones Center on Congress Avenue, with an outdoor sculpture at the museum’s fourteen-acre sculpture park at Laguna Gloria. A related exhibition of Eisenman’s work with a selection of drawings by Bay Area artist Keith Boadwee will be on view at The FLAG Art Foundation in New York October 3, 2020, through January 23, 2021.

Eisenman was selected for the prize by an independent advisory committee comprising renowned curators and art historians from across the United States. The artist’s practice blends influences from Western art history and traditional figurative art with elements of punk, feminist activism, queer identity, humor, and emotional rawness to create profoundly unique works. Eisenman emerged in the early 1990s in New York City as a painter, and her creative output for nearly three decades centered on painting. More recently, however, the artist’s three-dimensional objects have overturned expectations of her work and of figurative sculpture. This publication reflects on the sculptural impulses within Eisenman’s work, considering the recent shift in her practice as both a new focus and always-present undercurrent brought to the surface.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Nicole Eisenman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2018. Her work was included in both the 2019 Venice Biennale and the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Recent solo exhibitions include Baden Baden Baden, at the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Baden-Baden, Germany; Dark Light, Vielmetter Los Angeles; Dark Light, Secession, Vienna, Austria; Al-ugh-ories, New Museum, New York; and Magnificent Delusion, Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Sturm und Drang is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Texas.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Heather Pesanti is Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs, The Contemporary Austin. Stephanie Roach is The FLAG Art Foundation Director, and Jonathan Rider is The FLAG Art Foundation Associate Director. Litia Perta is a writer and teacher who lives in western Washington. Alhena Katsof is a writer and curator based in New York.

ABOUT THE IMAGES

Nicole Eisenman, Procession, 2019–2020. Installation view, Nicole Eisenman: Sturm und Drang, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, 2020. Artwork © Nicole Eisenman. Courtesy the artist; Vielmetter Los Angeles; and Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

Nicole Eisenman, Heading Down the River on the USS J-Bone of an Ass, 2017. Oil on canvas. 125 x 105 inches. Ovitz Family Collection, Los Angeles. Artwork © Nicole Eisenman. Image courtesy the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles. Photograph by David Johnson.

Nicole Eisenman, Sleeping Frat Guy, 2013. Plaster, ceramic, and leather string. 31 x 28 x 20 1/2 inches. Marc and Livia Straus Family Collection, New York. Artwork © Nicole Eisenman. Image courtesy the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles. Photograph by Robert Wedemeyer.

Nicole Eisenman, Support Systems for Women, no. 4, 1998. Oil on board. 43 x 56 inches. Collection of Connie Tilton, New York. Artwork © Nicole Eisenman. Image courtesy Jack Tilton Gallery, New York.

Nicole Eisenman, Procession, 2019–2020. Installation view, Nicole Eisenman: Sturm und Drang, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, 2020. Artwork © Nicole Eisenman. Courtesy the artist; Vielmetter Los Angeles; and Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

Nicole Eisenman, Nothing Hysterical, 2017. Oil and pencil on gessoed paper. 60 x 45 inches. Michael Healy and Tim Walsh Collection. Artwork © Nicole Eisenman. Image courtesy the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles. Photograph by Robert Wedemeyer.

Nicole Eisenman, Procession, 2019–2020. Installation view, Nicole Eisenman: Sturm und Drang, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, 2020. Artwork © Nicole Eisenman. Courtesy the artist; Vielmetter Los Angeles; and Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.