The MacArthur “Genius Grant” winners were announced yesterday; and top of that list was out lesbian painter and visual artist Nicole Eisenman.
Eisenman, the fellowship for “expanding the critical and expressive capacity of the Western figurative tradition through works that engage contemporary social issues and phenomena.”
Eisenman has been showing in New York since the early 1990s. She is famed for using an incredible skill-set, which is fairly traditional in many ways, but for years turned out pointed paintings on paper, collages, pictures of sexism and lesbian love.
On the award, Eisenman says
I was totally surprised; I never thought I was the kind of person to get a grant like that,”
If you aren’t familiar with her, I highly recommend checking out her 2014 book, Dear Nemesis.