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Nicole Eisenman @ the New Museum & Anton Kern

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John Yau reviews Nicole Eisenman: Al-ugh-gories at the New Museum (through June 26) and Nicole Eisenman: Magnificent Delusion at Anton Kern Gallery (through June 25).

Yau writes: "Together, [the two shows] form a wonderful anthology of what Eisenman has been up to in this century, with an emphasis on the last ten years. What these two exhibitions demonstrate is that Nicole Eisenman has put it all together. She has merged painting, subject matter and an incredibly wild imagination to an unrivaled degree. She has become a force of nature to be reckoned with. What makes Eisenman’s achievement all the more delicious is that she makes no bones about her love for, as well as belief in, paint and art history, from the classical renderings of the Italian Renaissance to the Fauvist paintings of Henri Matisse and Andre Derain, to the Expressionist and New Realist depictions of the Weimar Republic, to outliers such as James Ensor, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Edvard Munch, Gabriele Münter, Suzanne Valodon, and the little-known, lesbian expatriate portraitist, Romaine Brooks, who often painted women in suits and top hats."

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