This book accompanies the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize exhibition, NICOLE EISENMAN: Sturm und Drang. The exhibition runs through November 15, 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 December 12, 2020, through March 13, 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.
Co-published with The Contemporary Austin and The FLAG Art Foundation
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