Nicole Eisenman (American/French, b.1965) is an artist from Verdun, France, who is best known for her installations and paintings. Though she grew up in France, Eisenman moved to the United States to attend college. After receiving The European Honors Program: Rhode Island School of Design Year in Rome Award, she attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and graduated in 1987 with an MFA.

Eisenman’s first exhibition was in 1990 at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in Staten Island, NY. The group exhibition at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Figuring Eros, featured several female artists. It wasn’t until two years later that she had her first solo showing, which took place at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. The gallery showed her work multiple times over the years, and she also had solo shows at the Noga Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel; the Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin, Germany; the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, NY; and the Entwistle Gallery in London, England.

Though she is best known for her installations, Eisenman works in other media, including paintings, drawings, and sketches. Many of her pieces are inspired by her experiences as a child or young woman, and often incorporate pop cultural references. As a lesbian artist, Eisenman often creates pieces that focus on strong, independent women. Her piece Logger House shows a group of women in men’s clothing, working together to take down a man. Her humorous pieces led to several publications asking her for stories and interviews, including Flash Art and The New York Times.

Eisenman currently lives and works in New York, and is represented by the Leo Koenig Gallery.

Timeline

1965
Born in Verdun, France
1987
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2014
Nicole Eisenman, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (solo)
2013
2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2012
Tis but a scratch – A scratch?! Your arm’s off! – No, it isn’t, Studio Voltaire, London (solo)
2012
Nicole Eisenman, Prints and Works on Paper, Leo Koenig Inc., New York (solo)
2012
Nicole Eisenman: Works on Paper, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington (solo)
2012
B-OUT, curated by Scott Hug, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2012
Nightfall, MODEM, Debrecen/Hungaria
2012
The Happy Fainting of Painting Zwischen Bild und Buch: Materialsammlung Malerei heute Zwinger Galerie, Berlin
2012
Whitney Biennial 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2012
Prints and Works on Paper, Leo König Inc., New York
2012
'Tis but a scratch’ - ‘A scratch?! Your arm’s off!’ - No, it isn’t’, Studio Voltaire, London, UK
2011
The Air We Breathe, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
2011
Prospect.2, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans
2011
Hysteria, Laughter and a certain sense Hysteria, Laughter and a certain sense of seriousness, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, Karma International, Zurich
2011
Nicole Eisenman, Carnival City: The Wondrous Art of Esther Hamerman, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia (solo)
2011
Nicole Eisenman: Works on Paper, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington (solo)
2011
Nicole Eisenman. New paintings, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles (solo)
2010
Nicole Eisenman: Selected Works: 1994 - 2004, Leo Koenig Inc. New York (solo)
2010
SENT BY MAIL, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin
2010
The Jewish Museum, New York
2009
The Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY (solo)
2009
Living Together, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Spain
2009
Living Together, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturenea, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
2008
Barbara Weiss Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008
Ridykeoulous with A.L. Steiner, P.S. 1 MOMA, Long Island City, NY
2008
Out of Shape: Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art from the Logan Collection, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
2007–2008
eFEMera: The Art of Feminist Activism, (group) curated by Aruna
2007–2008
D’Souza and students in ARTH 550J, University Art Museum, Binghamton University
2007
Prison Bloomberg SPACE, London
2007
Kiss Kiss Bang Bangcurated by Xabier Arakistain, Museo Nacional De Bella Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007
She Was Born to be My Unicorn, curated by Amy Kellner, Smith-Stewart Gallery, NY
2007
The Powder Room, curated by Georgenna Deen and Christin Werthim, Track 16 Gallery & The Godfrey Daniels School of Charm, Santa Monica, CA
2007
Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2007
Nicole Eisenman, Le Plateau, Paris, France (solo)
2007
Nicole Eisenman, Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2006
Progress:Real and Imagined, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY (solo)
2006
The Eighth Square, curated by Frank Wagner, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
2006
Suzanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Chunga en el callejon del Cuajo, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico-City, Mexico, (with Jesusa Rodriguez) (solo)
2005
Barbara Weiss Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2004
Van Horn, Duesseldorf, Germany (solo)
2004
Elizaville, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY (solo)

Literature

2006
Mathieu Victor (ed.), Nicole Eisenman. Selected Works 1994-2004, Walther Koenig, Cologne.
2003
Nicole Eisenman, exhibition catalogue, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca.
2003
ARTtalk, Nicole Eisenman & Holly Block, ARTnews, May, volume 102, Number 5.
2001
Harris, Susan, Nicole Eisenman at Jack Tilton, Art in America, January 2001, p.115.
1999
Nicole Eisenman, The Times, London, June 16.
1997
Turner, Grady, Nicole Eisenman, Flash Art, March/April.
1995
Cotter, Holland, A Critic’s Dozen to Catch at the Biennial, New York Times, March 12, p. 37.
1994
Wakefield, Neville, Nicole Eisenman, Artforum, September, p. 105
1994
Gimmelson, Deborah, Nicole Eisenman: The Ultimate Bad Girl, Art News, March, p. 158.
1993
Myles, Eileen, Nicole Eisenman at Trial Balloon, Art in America, December.