Inspired appropriation redux: Nicole Eisenman in Berkeley

Nicole Eisenman: Tea Party, 2011; oil on canvas, 82  65 in.; Hort Family Collection. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

Nicole Eisenman: “Tea Party,” 2011; oil on canvas, 82 × 65 in.; Hort Family Collection. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Try to conjure a pantheon of great painters from the 16th through the 21st centuries — the likes of Brueghel, Rubens, Renoir, Munch, Beckmann and Pollock — channeled through the sensibility of a contemporary artist with a diabolical sense of humor, a darkly critical take on culture and society, an eclectic appetite for influences from everywhere and extraordinary painterly skills, and you’d still never imagine the paintings in Nicole Eisenman/MATRIX 248 at the Berkeley Art Museum.

Her “Tea Party”, 2011 (above), reveals a quartet of hardcore white Americans (one’s even in clown-like white-face) hunkering down in their

Article source: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/07/08/inspired-appropriation-redux-nicole-eisenman-in-berkeley-2/

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