The retrospective covers two decades of Eisenman's works, a oeuvre that never settles at one medium, nor one subject matter or artististic influence. Eisenman's pieces are simultaneously semi-autobiographical and fiction, influenced by both Pop and Queer culture, whilst being inspired by artists from Francisco de Goya, to Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso.

Nicole Eisenman Image via RISD Nicole Eisenman
Image via RISD

Through her wit, Eisenman brings her influences from art history to the canvas in a way which questions their importance in the canon. For example, a work may be inspired by Picasso, but Eisenman's subjects are often depicted in pedestrian situtations, from sleeping to making love. Eisenman captures human desire in all its glorious awkwardness.

Eisenman captures the human experience: dark, funny, sad, happy, as Deborah Solomon perfectly describes it in the New York Times, she is ''Kafka with a paintbrush.''

Born in Verdun, France, in 1965, Eisenman lives and works in New York, in an unassuming studio in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill. The influence of where she lives and works is easy to spy in her canvases depicting New York's underdog heroes and heroines, both real and imagined.

''Work comes out of life. Where else would your work come out of, if not your experience? Being a queer woman is the air that I breathe, and it’s inescapable, and it’s going to be part of the work. But I would like gender to just disappear from the face of the earth,'' commented Eisenman to Solomon in the New York Times.

The exhibition has been curated by by Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator of the New Museum, and the museum's Artistic director Massimiliano Gioni.

“Nicole Eisenman: Al-ugh-ories” is presented by The New Women’s Project and Founding Partner D K N Y and will run at the New Museum until June 26, 2016. For more information, see here.