“She doesn’t passively genuflect in front of art history,” Massimiliano Gioni, the artistic director of New York’s New Museum, has said of the American artist Nicole Eisenman. “She resurrects it and camouflages it into our present.” So while Eisenman’s figurative paintings and sculptures draw elements from Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as social realism, they are energized by the color and kinetics of contemporary life. The work is also embedded with subtle narratives, often centering on identity, sexuality, and politics. In Eisenman’s largest European show to date, burlesque figures, mystical creatures, and arresting nude portraits are a testament to her propensity for satire. —E.C.
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