Nicole Eisenman – Giant Without a Body

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Editors: Nicole Eisenman and Solveig Øvstebø
Text: Solveig Øvstebø, Rahel Aima, Diana Tourjée.
Design: Katarina Schildgren and Paul Gasser
Format: softcover
Language: English and Norwegian
Size: 24 x 27.5 x 1,5 cm
Pages: 168
© Astrup Fearnley Museet, 2021
ISBN: 978-82-93654-18-6

Description

Giant Without a Body was a major presentation of the work of Nicole Eisenman in 2021, and her largest solo exhibition in Europe to date. The exhibition delved deeply into the artist’s practice from 2006, included a number of new paintings and sculptures. Nicole Eisenman’s characteristic works offer a colourful and celebratory first impression. On closer inspection they reveal multiple layers of meaning and intricate narratives. Many of these stories are based on characters from her own life. The artist also draws attention to larger societal issues and political frictions. With humour, she touches on issues such as identity, sexuality, and politics. Eisenman’s unique eye for the complexities of contemporary society and conflicting human emotions, engenders sharp and striking observations of our modern realities.

Astrup Fearnley Museet published this exhibition catalogue in 2021 with texts by curator Solveig Øvstebø and writers Rahel Aima and Diana Tourjée. This richly illustrated publication includes both installation views from the exhibition and detailed imagery of Eisenman’s intricate and multifaceted works.

About the artist:
Nicole Eisenman (born 1965) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a key figure in contemporary American painting and sculpture, with characteristic works that shift between abstraction and the figurative depiction of social groups. Her works have featured in exhibitions at institutions such as MoMA, SFMOMA, New Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Zürich and Ludwig Museum in Cologne. In 2019, she participated in both the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennal. Eisenman was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 2015 and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2018.

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