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La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly




La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly


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Nicole Eisenman

Swimmers in the Lap Lane

  • Year1995
  • MaterialOil on canvas
  • Dimensions99.1 x 129.5 cm
  • On viewBasement floor
  • CopyrightFrom the Collection of Dianne Wallace, New York © Nicole Eisenman. Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo: Bryan Conley

More about the artwork

Nicole Eisenman regards “Swimmers in the Lap Lane” (1995) as one of her most important works from this period. In the painting, she succeeds in constructing a space of its own, one that functions contrary to spatial logic and is, perhaps precisely for this reason, so well suited to the depiction of sexual fantasies. Eisenman herself used to work as a lifeguard—this was before her coming out and in retrospect, she views the swimming pool as a place of refuge. She was fascinated by the weightlessness of the water and by the people in it, who—when in motion and almost naked—can appear as androgynous as they do here in the picture: it is bodies that matter, not biological sex.
The artist also draws a parallel between swimming and painting: “The figures overcome gravity. I like […] the way painting defies gravity; swimming gives us the same feeling.”

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Nicole Eisenman Beer Garden with A.K., 2009 Basement floor
Große querformatige Malerei mit verzerrtem Gesicht, das gespiegelt ist und in der Bildmitte ein weißes Kreuz bildet
Jana Euler Venice Void, 2022 Ground floor
Cy Twombly, Untitles (Geata), 1992, UAB 467aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Gaeta), 1992 Upper floor
Zeichnung, auf der ein breitbeinig stehender Rockmusiker mit Gitarre zu sehen ist. Zwei American-Football-Spieler in Rückenansicht rennen auf ihn zu.
Mike Kelley Halo of Mastery, 1989 Ground floor
Cy Twombly, Lepanto IX, 2001, UAB 477Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto IX, 2001 Upper floor