Nicole Eisenman, Sloppy Bar Room Kiss, 2011, oil on canvas, 39 × 48".

Nicole Eisenman

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Nicole Eisenman, Sloppy Bar Room Kiss, 2011, oil on canvas, 39 × 48".

Despite frequent critical emphasis on their deliciously flamboyant narratives, Nicole Eisenman’s paintings derive their full impact from subtly subversive details, which become visible only when the viewer has recovered from the initial encounter with the artist’s imagery. Organized by Kelly Shindler for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, (where this midcareer survey of Eisenman’s work originated), and by Kate Kraczon for the Institute of Contemporary Art, “Dear Nemesis” accomplished its goal of showing the breadth of the artist’s incisive investigations into art history and the changing view of the gendered body in the wake of postmodernism. Once Eisenman had brought us into her world—she accomplished this seduction with stunning speed—we saw her nuanced vision for a more equitable future, displayed not only in narrative or biography but also, intriguingly, in her

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