last day of this much hyped hip and hipster metro retro lesbo show of
paintings by Eisenman who seems to be the pin up painter, the flavor of
the month at least for the moment. I'm not a fan, I found the works in
this show very facile and dull. Yes there are strains of politics, sex
and cable news topics running through her canvases but so what. I get
it, I'm living it and I don't need chic expensive paintings to give me some educate.
Now I'm not saying that she is a terrible painter far
from it, and I'm always happy to see some exciting realist works but
these didn't do it for me. Maybe I was expecting too much, I mean the
praise and great reviews were like bread crumbs on the road to Grandma's
house which turned out to be stale and dry.
narratives are too laid out and cozy for me, and easily the best works
for me were the small painting drawings in the back room that are nice
even though they look like every drawing being shown in the "now"
galleries of Chelsea and LES.
These are likeable works
cute, cuddly and pretty.. They are crowded and cramped with signs and
meanings and make us think that we are looking at some heavy stuff. They
are deadly aware.
They often remind me of
children's book illustrations. Fine but for me they are banal and pale
and look like they would be at home on book covers. I would like to give
her credit though for making what might be the ugliest piece of
sculpture of the 21st Century (it squats in the back room taking up
space next to all the nice little drawings and paintings) and hey I'd
like to propose that we give her everything, lets get it over with, give
her another McArthur, give her three, give her every fucking grant out
there, give her the biggest studio in the city and let her art fill
every gallery and museum in the world month in and month out, let it be
on every art magazine cover and every package of cereal in the
supermarket, let it adorn our buses and subway cars, let it be on
disposable napkins and dishes. And then maybe we can move on to the next
great thing happening in art today.