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La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly




La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly


Nicole Eisenman. What Happened

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Nicole Eisenman

Beer Garden with A.K.

  • Year2009
  • MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions208.3 x 165.1 cm
  • On viewBasement floor
  • CopyrightDe Ying Foundation © Nicole Eisenman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

More about the artwork

In addition to Eisenman’s strategy of depicting figures as if they had sprung from a particular chapter in art history, the two beer garden paintings reflect her shift towards interpersonal encounters and spaces. Although the artist brings dozens of people together here for shared pleasures—eating, drinking, smoking—, each individual seems impassive and introverted; there is rarely any interaction between two individuals. In both works, she transfers the social complexity of a Montmartre street café of the 1870s to the Brooklyn artists’ scene of the 21st century: these are familiar places where contemporaries such as Ulrike Müller, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer and A.K. Burns meet to discuss their works, let off steam, switch off, or complain about the misery of human existence. Eisenman herself also appears in “Beer Garden with A.K.” (2009), drinking beer in the background. On the one hand, the supposedly exuberant nightlife belies rivalry, isolation, depression, and sexual assault; on the other, it creates a unifying, life-affirming moment in an uncertain time.

Further artworks

Graue Malerei, auf der Schatten von Bäumen zu sehen sind.
Alex Katz Dawn, 1995 Ground floor
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Lexington), 2001, UAB 654aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2001 Upper floor
Zeichnung, die mehrere nackte weibliche Körper zeigt, die aufeinanderliegen.
Nicole Eisenman Twister, 1995 Basement floor
Cy Twombly , Lepanto II, 2001, UAB 470Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto II, 2001 Upper floor
Werk bestehend aus einem schwarzen und einem gelben Quadrat mit Stecknadeln und mit jeweiliger zentraler Aufschrift 'Black is Beautiful'
Pope.L Black is Beautiful (Starry Nite), 2002 Ground floor