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Nicole Eisenman. Photo: Nathan Perkel.

Nicole Eisenman Wins $200,000 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize

The Brooklyn-based artist Nicole Eisenman has been named the winner of the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize. The biennial award includes a $200,000 cash prize, a scholarly publication, and a solo exhibition that will be presented at the Contemporary Austin’s downtown location, slated to open in February 2020, and at the FLAG Art Foundation in New York. 

“The generous resources around this prize provide opportunities not only for the museum to present a full exhibition of current and past work, but also for the artist to explore new directions,” said Heather Pesanti, chief curator and director of curatorial affairs at the Contemporary Austin. “In particular, Nicole’s recent turn to three-dimensional work is a testament to this next chapter: her anti-monumental and enigmatic sculptures bring the painted bodies from her canvases into three-dimensional space. The relationship between these objects and her paintings was perhaps always present, and is a thread that the artist may be able to further explore through this exhibition and book.”

Eisenman was selected by an independent advisory committee comprising Heather Pesanti, chief curator and director of curatorial affairs at the Contemporary Austin; Ian Berry, director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York; Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; Eungie Joo, curator of contemporary art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; art critic and curator Helen Molesworth; and Lilian Tone, assistant curator of the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Stephanie Roach, director of the FLAG Art Foundation, served as an institutional advisor.

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