Monday, October 12, 2015

Jewish painter Nicole Eisenman savors her MacArthur moment

By Roberta Smith

On Tuesday (September 29) the art world awoke to find that the painter Nicole Eisenman, 50, had received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for “expanding the critical and expressive capacity of the Western figurative tradition through works that engage contemporary social issues and phenomena.” Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic of The New York Times, spoke with Ms. Eisenman in her Brooklyn studio. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation. [Interview]