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Beer Garden

Nicole Eisenman, American (born France), born 1965. Printed by Harlan and Weaver, Inc., New York. Published by Harlan and Weaver, Inc., New York.

Geography:
Printed in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America

Date:
2012-2017

Medium:
Etching, drypoint, aquatint

Dimensions:
Plate: 39 7/8 × 47 13/16 inches (101.3 × 121.4 cm) Sheet: 44 3/8 × 51 13/16 inches (112.7 × 131.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2018-58-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the James D. Crawford and Judith N. Dean Fund, 2018

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Brooklyn-based Eisenman made a mark in the 1990s with her paintings of neighborhood beer gardens teeming with portraits of friends from the LGBTQ community. In 2011 she stopped painting to devote a year to mastering printmaking techniques, culminating in Beer Garden, her most monumental print to date.

Bristling with activity in that inebriated moment before, as Eisenman puts it, “things go south,” this spectacular print is peppered with revelrous and debaucherous vignettes. In the foreground, the artist appears in a distorted self-portrait reflected in the bottom of a large beer stein, both a participant in and an observer of this carousal.