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La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly




La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly


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Nicole Eisenman

Beer Garden with Ulrike and Celeste

  • Year2009
  • MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions208.3 x 165.1 cm
  • On viewBasement floor
  • Copyright© Nicole Eisenman. Hall Collection. Courtesy Hall Art Foundation. Photo: Bryan Conley

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

Malerei, die Meerjungfrauen zeigt, die leidend an Angelhaken von Fischern hängen.
Nicole Eisenman Mermaid Catch, 1996 Basement floor
Cy Twombly Untitled (Gaeta), 2004 Upper floor
Malerei, die eine Person beim Fernsehen auf einem Sofa zeigt
Nicole Eisenman Reality Show, 2022 Basement floor
Schwarzer Scherenschnitt, der eine verzerrtes Profil einer Person zeigt, die ihren Mund weit geöffnet hat und deren Haare aussehen, als würden sie im Wind wehen.
Kara Walker Miss Rona’s Hello, 2020 Ground floor
Malerei, die den Oberkörper eines Mannes mit runder Nase zeigt, der in seiner großen Hand ein Handy vor sein Gesicht hält. Im Display spiegelt sich sein Auge.
Nicole Eisenman Selfie, 2014 Basement floor