Nicole Eisenman: What Happened

  • NEisenman_TheTriumphOfPoverty_2009 copy

    Nicole Eisenman, The Triumph of Poverty, 2009, Oil on canvas, 165.1 x 208.3 cm. From the Collection of Bobbi and Stephen Rosenthal, New York City, Image courtesy Leo Koenig Inc., New York

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    Nicole Eisenman, Morning Studio, 2016, Oil on canvas, 167.6 x 210.8 cm, The Hort Family Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

  • 2011_SloppyBarRoomKiss_HW

    Nicole Eisenman, Sloppy Bar Room Kiss, 2011, Oil on canvas, 99.1 × 121.9 cm, Collection of Cathy and Jonathan Miller. Image Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles, Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer

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    Nicole Eisenman, Selfie, 2014, Oil on canvas, 134.6 × 111.8 cm, Stephanie and Timothy Ingrassia. Image courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Image courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

  • 2009_BeerGardenWithUlrike_Hall (2) copy

    Nicole Eisenman, Beer Garden with Ulrike and Celeste, 2009, Oil on canvas, 165.1 × 208.3 cm, Hall Collection. Image courtesy Hall Art Foundation. Photo: Bryan Conley.

Coming Soon

11 Oct 2023 - 14 Jan 2024

Galleries 1, 7, 8 & 9

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

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Nicole Eisenman: What Happened

This autumn, we present the first major UK retrospective of the artist Nicole Eisenman (b.1965, Verdun, France, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA).

Nicole Eisenman: What Happened brings together over 100 works from across the artist’s three-decade career – many of which have not previously been shown in the UK.  Encompassing large-scale, monumental paintings alongside sculptures, monoprints, animation and drawings, the exhibition showcases the extraordinary range and formal inventiveness that characterises her practice.

Arranged chronologically across eight sections, the exhibition illuminates the critical, yet often highly humorous approach that Eisenman uses to explore some of the most prescient socio-political issues of the day.  These encompass gender, identity and sexual politics, recent civic and governmental turmoil in the United States, protest and activism, and the impact of technology on personal relationships and romantic lives.

A full colour catalogue will accompany the show alongside as a rich public programme to help further explore the themes and issues raised by the exhibition and gain additional insights into the artists’ work and practice.

For more information, please find the press release here.

This exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. Whitechapel Gallery would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.


About Nicole Eisenman

Nicole Eisenman (b. 1965, France, lives and works in Brooklyn, USA) works across painting, drawing, installation and sculpture. She received the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award in 2015 for ‘expanding the expressive potential of the figurative tradition in works that engage contemporary social issues and restore cultural significance to the representation of the human form.’ Additionally, she has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (1996), Carnegie Prize (2013), the Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation Prize (2018), and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2018.

Her work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, such as Nicole Eisenman: Untitled (show) at Hauser & Wirth, New York (2022); Heads, Kisses, Battles: Nicole Eisenman and the Moderns at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld (2021), which travelled to Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2022), Foundation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2022) and Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Hague (2022); Nicole Eisenman: Giant Without a Body at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2021); and Nicole Eisenman: Sturm und Drang at The Contemporary Austin, Austin (2020). Her work has also been included in the Whitney Biennial in 1995, 2012, and 2019, and the 2019 Venice Biennale, as well as having been acquired by public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Tate, London.