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Nicole Eisenman & Who You See

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

AT HOME ART DATE | read scroll photograph + sketch

Nicole Eisenman is a Brooklyn-based artist. In 2015 she won the MacArthur “Genius Grant” award for “restoring the representation of the human form a cultural significance that had waned during the ascendancy of abstraction in the 20th century.”

“The subject of the largest, about eleven feet by nine feet, was the bicycle incident—a “kind of a slow-motion accident,” she said. “It’s a romantic painting of two people meeting. One is falling off a ladder, and the other is riding a bicycle into the ladder—and popping off the top of the bicycle. She’s flying through the air. And they have their eyes locked on each other. I think it’s very romantic—a Douglas Sirk film still.” She connected the image to a relationship that had recently begun between herself and Sarah Nicole Prickett, an essayist and art critic.”

-- Eisenman to The New Yorker

This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance to relax, have fun, and cultivate an appreciation for drawing people in all of their cartoony absurdity exaggerating their emotions and hopes.

(element one) READ a New Yorker profile of Nicole Eisenman.

(element two) SCROLL through Eisenman’s work.

(element three) PHOTOGRAPH + SKETCH people gathered.

(element one) READ this New Yorker interview with Nicole Eisenman.

(element two) SCROLL through Eisenman’s work on Artsy.

(element three) PHOTOGRAPH + SKETCH people gathered. Keep your social distance but at the grocery store, park, or wherever you can find a group of people to surreptitiously photograph. Then sketch them in the extreme. Do not trouble yourself with any expectations around your skill. Have fun!

Give yourself permission to be at your most outrageous.

Finished? Congratulations!

Well done, artist!

If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.

I hope you find Nicole Eisenman to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.

I curate provocative AT HOME ART DATES for you to enjoy solo or with others in your own home. Many of these art dates have online elements combined with supplemental reading, listening, and a variety of activities you can do at home to enhance how you express and experience art. Feel free to forward these art dates to others. Remember to check out the bonus material below.

These AT HOME ART DATES are free of charge. However, they do take time, energy, and a lifetime of artistic experience to put together. If you’d like to buy me a cup of tea as a bit of thanks, I’d appreciate your generosity. Buy Pattie a Cup of Tea.



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