Nicole Wittenberg b. 1979 San Francisco lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. Nicole Wittenberg finds strong images that she works and re-works, discovering fresh ways to rebuild the image through the process of painting – varying her marks, thicknesses and colors. Through her unique method, Wittenberg is able to easily make connections to canonical works by way of building and reducing the image, in terms of color, scale and form. Thus, her work is in the perfectly calibrated balance between powerhouse image and abstract form. The recent paintings can be grouped into the three rough categories: Kissing, Cock Sucking and Pussy Eating. These are pictures of action, which Wittenberg aligns with the activity of painting, one she perceives to be as endless as the operations of desire itself.
Recent exhibitions include Comin`Thro`the Rye, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami Florida; Visonionary Painting: curated by Alex Katz, Colby College Museum, Waterville, Maine; The Female Gaze, Part Two, Cheim & Read, New York, NY; Nice Weather Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. She was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters John Koch award for best young figurative painter in 2012. Wittenberg teaches Critical Theory at School of Visual Arts in New York and has taught at Bruce High Quality Foundation University and the New York Studio School. Her work is included in the Albertina Museum, Vienna; Austria Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Aishti Foundation, Beirut; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME.