Eric Fischl, 1970-2000

Eric Fischl, 1970-2000

by Eric Fischl
     
 

Eric Fischl emerged in the 1980s as one of America's most important figurative painters. His paintings compel the viewer to participate in a world of middle-class suburban ambiguity and drama. In Fischl's engaging and distinctly American canvases narration, sexuality, and psychology are preeminent.

This volume is the latest and most comprehensive examination of

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Eric Fischl emerged in the 1980s as one of America's most important figurative painters. His paintings compel the viewer to participate in a world of middle-class suburban ambiguity and drama. In Fischl's engaging and distinctly American canvases narration, sexuality, and psychology are preeminent.

This volume is the latest and most comprehensive examination of this important twentieth-century painter. Two hundred thirty-three works, selected in conjunction with the artist, present the full scope of Fischl's career over the past decades: the 1970s, with Fischl's seminal formative work; the 1980s, when he burst onto the art world; and the 1990s, with the artist's mature works, often of a personal and contemplative nature. In his most recent paintings Fischl has turned to portraits of his intimate circle of friends, including Mike Nichols, Steve Martin, and his wife, the painter April Gornik. These engrossing images have been accomplished with a mastery that has been compared to that of Caravaggio.

The introduction, by philosopher and critic Arthur Danto, places Fischl in the context of his contemporaries. Commentary drawn from interviews with Fischl, conducted by noted writer Robert Enright, accompanies the paintings. Finally, a witty and personal afterword by Steve Martin, best known as a gifted comic actor and author, but also an astute collector of modern art, discusses Barbecue, a famed Fischl painting from his private collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Fischl is one of the most active and influential figurative painters working at the end of the 20th century. His figures, most often nude and caught in compromising or alienating positions, are blunt portrayals of the human body. In this work, essays by noted art critic Danto and Border Crossings editor Robert Enright provide context for the artist's work; Enright also arranged "Fischl on Fischl," a chapter culled from interviews with the artist. Comedian, writer, and well-known contemporary art collector Steve Martin discusses "Barbeque," a Fischl piece from his own collection. The essays, and 233 works selected here, present the full range of Fischl's work from 1970 to the present. His more recent work, portraits of the famous, is compelling in a genre that is often superseded by photography. An extensive bibliography is included. Recommended for larger collections of contemporary art. Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580930758
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
10.28(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.35(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Danto is the Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Columbia University and art critic for The Nation. He is the author of more than fifteen books, including Narration and Knowledge, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art, The State of the Art, The Madonna of the Future.

Robert Enright is the editor at large of Border Crossings. He has published a collection of interviews in Peregrinations: Conversations with Contemporary Artists.

Steve Martin is the famed American actor and writer. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and the author of Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays, Pure Drivel, Shopgirl, and The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel.

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