Eric Fischl: Paintings and Drawings 1979-2001

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In the 1980s, American painter Eric Fischl mercilessly captured moments in the lives of the American middle classes. Among the painters of his generation, which most notably include David Salle and Julian Schnabel, Fischl is widely recognized as engaging particularly intensely with this typical national theme. As Fischl himself tells it, painting is a process that turns thoughts into feelings, and that uses form and color to create meaning: "...That is always what I am doing now when I paint: making meaning." ...
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Overview

In the 1980s, American painter Eric Fischl mercilessly captured moments in the lives of the American middle classes. Among the painters of his generation, which most notably include David Salle and Julian Schnabel, Fischl is widely recognized as engaging particularly intensely with this typical national theme. As Fischl himself tells it, painting is a process that turns thoughts into feelings, and that uses form and color to create meaning: "...That is always what I am doing now when I paint: making meaning." Fischl's urge to go beyond formal painterly parameters and to allow subjectivity and content onto his canvases links him to younger painters like Luc Tuymans and Elizabeth Peyton, painters credited with a revival of the medium. In the 1990s, Fischl found new impulses and topics: foreign culture, religious rituals, age, and death now take center stage in his compositions. The motifs in his most recent series are based on digitally manipulated photographs of a sparsely furnished room. This catalogue presents an overview of Fischl's work, illustrating approximately 45 paintings and an equal number of drawings, all made between 1979 and 2001.
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Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany, this catalog features good-quality color plates of Fischl's representative work (45 paintings in all), essays by critic Peter Schjeldahl and others, and an interview by Frederic Tuten with the artist himself. Although artists like Lucian Freud and Philip Pearlstein produced figurative work long before Fischl's rise to prominence, Fischl is credited with a revival of figurative painting. While sometimes disturbing, his work is always psychologically incisive and technically masterful, powerfully depicting the world of the American middle class. His most famous painting, for example, shows a sexualized suburban American landscape painted in a bravura painterly style. Although this book provides a solid introduction to the artist, it is inferior to Eric Fischl, 1970-2000 (ed., Robert Enright), which contains many more illustrations with extensive commentary by Fischl himself (who is his own most interesting critic), an introduction by Arthur C. Danto, and an afterword by Steve Martin. Owing to its affordable price, however, the current title would be a reasonable alternative for public and academic libraries that do not own the other book.-Amy K. Weiss, Appalachian State Univ. Lib., Boone, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783775713795
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.55 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 9
Touched: Eric Fischl: Body, Space and Right 19
Plates 25
A Dialogue with Eric Fischl: New York May-June 2003 97
The Tribunal of Modernism vs. Eric Fischl 103
Fragile Overlays: Thoughts on the Technique of Eric Fischl's Works on Paper 109
Narratives of the Sacred: An American in Rome 115
App.: Biography 124
App.: Index of Works 125
App.: Exhibitions 127
App.: Books and Catalogues 130
App.: Articles and Reviews 132
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