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Release: Feb. 21, 2003

Artist Nicole Eisenman Will Speak At UI March 6

Artist Nicole Eisenman will give a free public lecture on her work at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building. Eisenman is visiting the UI campus as a guest of the School of Art and Art History.

Eisenman, whose paintings and drawing typically incorporate subversive imagery, is known as a superb draftsperson. She characteristically uses technical skill to convey messages of social concern, and these messages are suffused with humor, ridicule, irony and often violence.

She takes cues not only from classical and neoclassical art, but also such disparate sources as Marc Chagall, Norman Rockwell, Delacroix, Titian and the turn-of-the-century New York Ashcan School. She has also absorbed styles derived from comic books, television, pornography and pop culture. Often breaking taboos, she confounds expectations by dressing powerful and disturbing messages in comfortably familiar art historical and popular guises.

Eisenman has exhibited her work widely, including recent solo exhibitions at Jack Tilton Gallery in New York and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the recent shows "Identity: The Logic of Appearance" at the Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna; "Bad Girls" at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; "Arrested Childhood" at the Center for Contemporary Art in Miami; and "1920" at Exit Art, New York. Her work was shown in the 1995 Whitney Biennial.

In a recent review in the New York Times, Holland Cotter called Eisenman's exhibition at the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York "among the smartest, funniest, most inventive solo exhibitions of the season. . . . [Eisenman's] mini-narratives, visual puns and mythological burlesques, executed in a fluid draftsmanly style, bring Reginald Marsh and comic-book fantasy together. . . . They're all part of the show in which provocative ideas go whizzing by at every turn and where confrontation and humor -- surely a subversive strategy -- meet in audacious combinations."

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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PHOTOS of Eisenman's artworks are available on several web pages, including, and