Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas

Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas


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Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fischl

In Bad Boy , renowned American artist Eric Fischl has written a penetrating exploration of his coming of age as an artist and his search for a fresh narrative style in the highly charged and competitive New York art world in the 1970s and ’80s. With such notorious and controversial paintings as Bad Boy and Sleepwalker , Fischl joined the front ranks of America artists, in a high-octane downtown art scene that included Andy Warhol, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, and others. It was a world of fashion, fame, cocaine and alcohol that for a time threatened to undermine all that Fischl had achieved.

Fischl rebelled against the conceptual and minimalist art that was in fashion at the time to paint compelling portraits of everyday people that captured the unspoken tensions in their lives. Bad Boy candidly follows Fischl’s maturation both as an artist and sculptor, the impact of his dysfunctional family on his art, and his inevitable fall from grace as a new generation of artists takes center stage, and he is forced to grapple with his legacy and place among museums and collectors who paid millions of dollars for his canvases. Beautifully written, and as courageously revealing as his most provocative paintings, Bad Boy takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the passion and politics of the art world as it has rarely been seen before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628727302
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 816,213
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eric Fischl is America’s foremost narrative painter; his paintings hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and in collections throughout the world. He lives with his wife, the acclaimed landscape artist April Gornik, in Sag Harbor, Long Island.

Michael Stone is a veteran journalist who covered the New York scene for New York magazine for over a decade. He has over a dozen cover stories to his credit, including newsbreaking features on John Gotti, Robert Chambers, and the Central Park Jogger. This is his first book. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

1 Mr. Laughter: Spring 1986 1

2 Childhood: 1948-1965 8

Other Voices: Holly Fischl Giloth 17

Laurie Fischl Whittle 18

Holly Fischl Giloth 20

3 First Love, Last Rites: 1963-1970 21

Other Voices: Holly Fischl Giloth 41

4 Calarts: 1970-1971 44

Other Voices: Ross Bleckner 65

Alana (Lannie) Johnston 66

David Salle 69

5 Chicago: 1972-1974 71

Other Voices: Bill Swaim 78

6 Halifax: 1974-1978 79

Other Voices: Allan Hacklin 90

7 April: 1975-1978 93

8 New York: 1978-1980 110

Other Voices: April Gornik 123

9 Surfing: 1980-1981 126

Other Voices: Ross Bleckner 142

Julian Schnabel 144

Bryan Hunt 148

10 Bad Boy: 1981-1983 149

Other Voices: Julian Schnabel 166

11 Making It: 1983-1984 167

Other Voices: Ross Bleckner 175

12 Conflict: 1984 176

Other Voices: David Salle 186

13 Vanity: 1984-1986 189

Other Voices: Mary Boone 208

14 Hangover: 1986-1990 210

Other Voices: Bruce Ferguson 226

15 India and Japan: 1989 228

16 Malaise: 1990-1992 240

Other Voices: Marsha Norman 252

Ralph Gibson 253

17 New Directions: 1992-1995 255

Other Voices: Mike Nichols 270

Marsha Norman 271

John McEnroe 273

18 The Meaning of Life: 1995-2002 275

Other Voices: Laurie Fischl Whittle 293

Holly Fischl Giloth 294

Robbie Baitz 297

19 Soul in Flight: 1997-2002 299

Other Voices: John Fischl 323

Steve Martin 324

20 Summing Up: 2002-2012 329

Acknowledgments 345

Index 347

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