Nicole Eisenman Progress: Real and ImaginedMay 13th, 2006 through June 17th, 2006 @Leo Koenig545 West 23rd StreetNew York, NY 10011Thanks Triple Diesel.
Thank rou, Painter. Hey, nice follow-up from the Sues to Nicole Eisenman.
Welcome back, Painter.How big is this beautiful painting? So ripe.
I loved the little ones... this was the sleeper of the show, IMO. The Maiden of the Corn. Haunting. The Mountain Man painting was also genius.
this show is terrific! go and see it.
The big painting's the best thing I've seen in years. It's like Dali and Joan Mitchell had a baby and it was N.E.
Pure art history fun.
i like that eisenman took the distorted/abstracted portrait to another, more personal level. the narrative created by the large diptych seeming to break down into smaller moments (are they questions?) is really nice. she's showing a lot yet parceling it out in a really suspenseful way.
mmm. that painting is so tactile! i wish i could see it in person, so i could touch it. or eat it.
I thought this was the only good painting of the show. felt that big painting had so many weaknesses formally..
This is a great show; the big diptych is wonderful and allegorical and full of little surprises. They feel open and willing to take risks, narratively and stylistically. We don't usually get a chance to see her murals... this is a good opportunity to see one of her mural-scale works here in NYC.
I loved this show. The big painting(s) took my breath away. They are painted with such multiplicity of technique, surface and styles. Very very fun to look at and extremely well painted. Her narrative was grandious but seemed to mean something, very honest and epic. N.E. has become one of my favorite NY painters since seeing that show and researching her older work.
There are really incredible moments in the big painting. I like to see the intimate subject matter juxtaposed with the grand scale...I'm sure there are art historical references that I missed, but the painting is a slow burn and powerful. I agree that the handling shows some very serious skill. N.E moves in and out of different ways of handling paint and styles with crazy ease. I particularly like the blobs that work as formal elements or not, like the ink spilling. The small works are rough and tumble little gems. Mountain Man is my fave!
red of tooth and claw
great show nicole. congratulations on the biggest love-in ever on painterNYC, well deserved!
oh shit what a great painting.can anyone tell me if they saw a reddot?(i want someone to go see it immed.)
I really wanted to like this show more. The large painting in the main gallery has some great edgy moments and the scale is adventurous, but the overall painting is uneven in paint quality and flow. A recent example of that even quality would be Neo Rauch's last exhibit. The photos I've seen here and at Heart As Arena make me want to look again at the smaller work.
interestingly, what i don't like about Rauch is his even-ness... N.E. has that american everything-and-the-kitchen-sink-ness that is really hard to pull off but when you see it done right, it makes sense.
i love her attitude in her work, i see her as an artist who is still working at her painting abilities as the paintings had pockets of quality and other sections fell flat...one to follow though...the paintings in the back room were sketches in paint and varied in 'style'... hard to figure out if they were just studies or completed paintings...she is a work in progress...
burrito brother:she may have that 'everything in the kitchen sink' thing going on- which is wonderful; but it is not masterful in trying to be 'uneven'...she has technical problems...she has yet to pull it off despite her passion...W
Mr. W:What technical problems? It's not like we're talking about her backhand...Is it the scattered comosition, or the cartoony quality that bothers you?
BB:I love the scattered composition* ( I wish I could see the image I'm talking about so I can be specific), I love cartooniness! I am talking about the paint application...I will see the show again and post the specifics upon looking at it in the flesh again. * composition can be chaotic but intelligent and appear spontaneous ... W
Children of the Corn is not a great movie, but it has resonance withing the largerer mythical, dare I say Jungian psychoverse. I do.SIr Simon Frazier, in his classic "The Golden Bough", documents pagan (non christian) rituals such as fucking in the fields in order to insure a good harvest. THis is an instance of magical thinking, specificly the law of similarity, I believe.Why did NASA astronauts conduct Sir Issac Newton's ball and feather experiment in space? Enlightenment Empiricism at its finest - or more of a theatrical event to capture the imaginations of future American rocket bomb producers?I saw the Omen on 06/06/06 because I need meaning in my life. The moral of the OMEN is that god wants you decapitated or alive. Beter to rain in blood than serve in heaven, I allways say. Welcome to earth. I'm a direct descendent of Jesus Christ, by way of French Hugeonauts, prove me wrong.Leo K is German and German Expressionism is popular - so theres definitely some resonance. Sort of like where Mary Magdalene is buried beneath IM Pei's glass pyramid. As above so below, and on and on and on.The point being, what is the use of all this symbolism or postmodern referencing of symbolism, or in otherwords, storytelling?Up next, the law of contagion as it applies to social formations.
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