Since then, Eisenman has received a MacArthur “genius grant,” and has become a sought-after, blue-chip artist, as their debut at Hauser & Wirth, one of the handful of mega-galleries dominating the art market, makes demonstrably clear.
Spread over two capacious floors, the exhibit is Eisenman’s first presentation of new paintings in New York City after a seven-year hiatus in which their sculpture, fresh examples of which are also on view, took center stage. Called Untitled (Show), the exhibit reprises Eisenman’s overriding theme since their Whitney mural: That creation and destruction are mutually intertwined.
Stylistically, Eisenman has always been an adroit shapeshifter, and true to form, the proceedings here bounce back and forth between numerous figurative phenotypes from cartoonish and Cubistic to Expressionistic and Surrealistic. But while Eisenman appears to leap wildly from one to the next, these gyrations bind the connections between works.