Eric Fischl

United States 1948

Sculpture, Realism

Eric Fischl
Eric Fischl
United States
October 19, 2014

The pleasure of observing has certainly rounded the work of Eric Fischl and made it being perceived as an ode to various aspects of voyeurism. The very act of observation is inherent to human nature and starting from that commonplace the artist starts processing and articulating his thoughts and ideas. By carefully selecting random situations from both his personal and professional life, Fischl intersects certain social mechanisms and creates narratives filled with humor, sensuality, and intrigue. As a matter of fact, his works can be seen as metaphors of contemporaneity since they function as notes of the variety of human behavior.

This famous new york artist for years produces new paintings dedicated to suburban life in his home
Eric Fischl – The travel of romace, Scene II, 1994

Artistic Development

Eric Fischl was born in 1948 in New York City. He grew up on suburban Long Island, but in 1967 his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Fischl started attending Phoenix College, then switched to Arizona State University, and finally California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where he earned his BFA in 1972. Afterward, the artist settled in Chicago, where worked for some time as a guard at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1974, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to teach painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where he met painter April Gornik, with whom he moved back to New York City in 1978.

Eric Fischl uses various media from watercolors to sculpture

The special painting of naked woman will be on view all long the month of april
Eric Fischl – Untitled, 1999

Shaping The Personal Style

Memories from growing up in suburbia practically shaped Fischl’s oeuvre. The artist was actually focused on the rift between what was experienced and what could not be said. The discovery of Chicago artists from the 60’s gathered around the exhibitions titled Hairy Who or the ones who belonged to the circle of Chicago imagists, profoundly influenced Eric Fischl. Vibrant pallet and explicit imagery he found very appealing and so he decided to appropriate it. His first New York City solo show was at Edward Thorp Gallery in 1979, and soon afterward he received critical attention for depicting the dark, disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life.

His figuration is always in service of precise narrative

Fischls early art work depicted young boy masturbating in privacy of his room while watching woman ”
Eric Fischl – Scenes from late paradise, The Parade, 2006

Recurrent Themes in The Works of Eric Fishl

The seriousness of topics such as alcoholism, depression, and poverty was transferred on canvas with great softness and vigor, and therefore Fischl has quickly embraced the description of himself as a painter of the suburbs. Some of Fischl’s earlier works have a theme of adolescent sexuality and voyeurism, while later works operate with socially, even politically more elaborate concepts. Nevertheless, it seems that one of the most frequent issues present in his work is a critique of the art world. From the 80’s onward, Fischl has been cynical about the parties and gallery openings and cocaine and booze and money, which had and still has little to do with his general agenda of coherent art.

The artist often depicts ephemeral events and situations

His new figurative paintings were on view in several famous art galleries and museums ”
ric Fischl – Study for Corrida in Ronda, 2008

Eric Fischl As The Curator, Lecturer And Art Critic

Besides fruitful artistic career, Eric Fischl is the founder, President and lead curator for America: Now and Here. This multi-disciplinary exhibition of 150 of some of the Americas most celebrated visual artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers is designed to spark a national conversation about American identity through the arts. About eighteen trucks were custom-designed to serve as mobile galleries traveling to each location, where they will unfold to reveal exhibition space. On the other hand, Eric Fischl is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science and is a senior critic at the New York Academy of Art.

Eric Fischl is known for public works as well

The painting of a boy was made in privacy of his home few years ago
Eric Fischl – Tumbling Woman II, 2014

The Collaborations

Perhaps one of the most interesting projects which somehow extended his interest in voyeuristic experiments is certainly the one released in 2002 at the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld. It was built by legendary modern architect Mies van der Rohe in 1928, but in recent times it is used as an exhibition space concept of changing exhibitions. Fischl refurnished it as a home and hired models who pretended to be a couple who lived there for several days; he took 2,000 photographs, which he reworked digitally and used as the basis for a series of paintings. Fischl has collaborated with other artists and authors, including E.L. Doctorow, Allen Ginsberg, Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz and Frederic Tuten.

The active and daring artist with rich career

One new posh art gallery sold the series of his paintings with a boy ”
Eric Fischl – Watch, 2015

The Continuous And Concise Practice of Eric Fischl

The artistic domains of this internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor have been honored in a number of occasions. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in over one thousand publications, numerous solo and major group exhibitions in many museums, as well as prestigious private and corporate collections. The immense influence on generations of young artists is additionally straitened by the fact that Eric Fischl is still innovative, progressive and one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Eric Fischl lives and works in New York.

Featured image: Portrait of Eric Fischl – image courtesy of Financal Times
All images used are courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Eric FischlKM fine Arts, Chicago, ILSolo
2014Eric FischlKM Fine Arts Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CASolo
2014Eric FischlAlbertina, ViennaSolo
2013Eric FischlBarbara Edwards Contemporary Inc., Toronto, ONSolo
2013Eric FischlImago Galleries, Palm Desert, CASolo
2012Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of PaintingSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CASolo
2012Beach LifeGuild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NYSolo
2012Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of PaintingPennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PASolo
2012Eric FischlMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYSolo
2012Eric FischlMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2011Eric Fischl - Early PaintingsSkarstedt Fine Art, New York City, NYSolo
2010Eric FischlBarbara Edwards Contemporary Inc., Toronto, ONSolo
2010Eric FischlJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneSolo
2010Eric Fischl - Corrida en RondaCAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, MálagaSolo
2010Eric FischlPaul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, ONSolo
2009Corrida in RondaMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2009Eric FischlMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYSolo
2009Eric Fischl: Beach Scenes: New WorkBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2009Ten BreathsGalerie Daniel Templon, ParisSolo
2008Ten BreathsMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2008Eric Fischl - Ten BreathsMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYSolo
2007Eric Fischl - ten breathskestnergesellschaft, HannoverSolo
2006Singular Multiples: The Peter Blum Edition Archive, 1980-1994MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXSolo
2006Eric FischlThomas Ammann Fine Art AG, ZurichSolo
2006Prints and DrawingsDelaware Center for Contemporary Arts - DCCA, Wilmington, DESolo
2006Eric FischlYoshii Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2005Eric Fischl Jablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneSolo
2005Eric FischlMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2003Eric Fischl - The Krefeld ProjectMuseen Haus Lange / Haus Esters, KrefeldSolo
2003Eric Fischl - Gemälde und Zeichnungen 1979-2001Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, WolfsburgSolo
2002Eric Fischl: Photographs: St Tropez 1982-1988Mary Ryan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2001Eric Fischl - PaintingsJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneSolo
2001Eric Fischl, WatercolorsBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
1998Eric Fischl. Recent Paintings & Works on PaperGalleria Rubin, MilanSolo
1998Eric Fischl - SculptureGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
1997Eric Fischl, Works On Paper 1995-97Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
1996Eric Fischl: Prints & MonotypesNumark Gallery, Washington, DC (closed, 2006)Solo
1993Eric Fischl - New Solar Plate Intaglio PrintsMary Ryan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1992Eric Fischl: DrawingsMontgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, ALSolo
1991Eric Fischl: DrawingsMilwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WISolo
1990Scenes and SequencesYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CTSolo
1990Eric Fischl: Works in ProgressWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNSolo
1990Eric Fischl - A survey of etchings, woodcuts and monotypesMary Ryan Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1990Eric Fischl Prints, including "Four Etchings"Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1988Eric Fischl: Bilder und ZeichnungenMichael Werner Kunsthandel, CologneSolo
1987Eric Fischl: Scenes Before the Eye: The Evolution of Year of the Drowned Dog and Floating IslandsContemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXSolo
1987Eric Fischl: Scenes Before the EyeSaint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MOSolo
1987Eric Fischl: Scenes Before the EyeThe Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MDSolo
1986Eric Fischl / MATRIX 103Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CASolo
1986Eric Fischl: PaintingsWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYSolo
1985Eric Fischl: PaintingsMendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SKSolo
1982Eric FischlEdward Thorp Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2014Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff CollectionThe de Young Museum, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau CollectionSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2014StarsJane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJGroup
2014Initial Public Offering: New Works From Sjma’S Permanent CollectionSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2014The Big PictureNew York Academy of Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013Cinematic Visions - Painting at the Edge of RealityVictoria Miro Gallery, LondonGroup
2013I, You, We Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013TorsoJablonka Galerie, Köln, CologneGroup
2012Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family FoundationJoslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NEGroup
2012Big 80Mary Ryan Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Between Abstract and FigurativePalm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2012Struggle(s)Maison Particulière Art Center, BrusselsGroup
2012This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980sMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2012Selected Works By Gallery Artists MODERNISM, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Bon À TirerBarbara Edwards Contemporary Inc., Toronto, ONGroup
2011XXX Thirty Years Peter Blum EditionPeter Blum Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Creating the New Century - Contemporary Art from the Dicke CollectionFort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (FCMOCA), Fort Collins, COGroup
2011American Prints IIRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Hyper Real – Kunst und Amerika um 1970Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, AachenGroup
2011Selections from the Collection of Buck A. MickelRichard Gray Gallery - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2010Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits Sonoma University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CAGroup
2010Hyper RealMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , ViennaGroup
2010Armitage Gone Dance Exquisite Corpse ProjectKlemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2010Plank RoadSalomon Contemporary, New York City, NYGroup
2010The Facebook ShowMuseum of New Art - MONA, Pontiac, MIGroup
2010Other As AnimalDanese, New York City, NYGroup
2010NakedJensen Gallery, AucklandGroup
2010Your History is not Our HistoryHaunch of Venison - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2010Intimacy! Baden in der KunstKunstmuseum Ahlen, AhlenGroup
2010American PrintsRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Collect With UsArmand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Paint Made FleshMemorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NYGroup
2009Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed MatterMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
2009A Tribute To Ron WarrenMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYGroup
2009American Printmaking since 196Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, DubrovnikGroup
2009Art, Media and Material Witness: Contemporary Art from the Harn Museum CollectionSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2009LEARN TO READ ART: A History of Printed MatterBadischer Kunstverein, KarlsruheGroup
2009Paint Made FleshThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DCGroup
2009Paint Made FleshFrist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2008Interieur/Exterieur. Wohnen in der KunstKunstmuseum Wolfsburg, WolfsburgGroup
2008Boys Of SummerThe Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NYGroup
2008Paintings & DrawingsL&M Arts, New York, New York City, NYGroup
2008THE OLYMP - Works on PaperBurkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf (closed, 2010)Group
2008NEXUS: Histories and CommunitiesKelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BCGroup
2008Putting Figures on PaperGeorgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ONGroup
2008News on PaperBurkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf (closed, 2010)Group
2008Rockers IslandOlbricht Collection - Museum Folkwang Essen, EssenGroup
2008Scenes and Sequences - Peter Blum Edition, New YorkAargauer Kunsthaus, AarauGroup
2008Painting now! Back to figurationKunsthal Rotterdam, RotterdamGroup
2008Not For SaleMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
2008Great ImpressionsDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2006American Matrix: Contemporary Directions for the Harn Museum Collection Part IISamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2005Great Print Event IIIRussell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, ILGroup
2005IT´s FRAMED - Exclusive Pop ArtBurkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf (closed, 2010)Group
2005Erotica - The Senses in ArtCentro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB - São Paulo, São PauloGroup
2005DimensionsWinston Wächter Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005Figuratively SpeakingMAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (closed, 2013)Group
2005„Munch Revisited“ - Edvard Munch und die heutige KunstMuseum Ostwall im Dortmunder U, DortmundGroup
2004Tear Down This Wall: Paintings From The 1980sMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Mediterranean: Between Reality and UtopiaThe Photographers' Gallery, LondonGroup
2004Summer JamBurkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf (closed, 2010)Group
2004From House To HomeMOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2003Embracing the Present - The UBS Art CollectionPhoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZGroup
2003Blickachsen 4Kurpark Bad Homburg, Bad HomburgGroup
2003Bleckner, Fischl, TapiesSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FLGroup
2003Graphic Works from the Lopez CollectionCirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002The Human Factor: Figuration in American Art 1950-1995Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KSGroup
2002Living RoomJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneGroup
2002Plotting: An Exhibition Of StudiesCarrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2002Another World; Zwölf BettgeschichtenKunstmuseum Luzern, LucerneGroup
2001POP ON PAPERBurkhard Eikelmann Com, Dusseldorf (closed, 2010)Group
2001Behind Closed DoorsArt Gallery of Regina, Regina, SKGroup
2001Recent Acquisitions, Part OneKelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BCGroup
2001Benefit 2001 RaffleMomenta Art, New York City, NYGroup
2000Drawing on the Figure: Works on Paper of the 1990s from the Manilow CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2000David Salle, Francesco Clemente, Eric FischlGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
1998Cleveland Collects Contemporary ArtThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
1998An exhibition of paintingsGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
1998Art of Four Decades: 1958 - 1998San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998Taboo - Repression And Revolt In Modern ArtGalerie St. Etienne, New York City, NYGroup
1997The Classical Figure in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary ArtLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1997Silent & Violent: Selected ArtistsMAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, CAGroup
1996FigurationRichard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
1995The Painterly PrintGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
199546th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di VeneziaLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
1995On The Brink 1900-2000. The Turning Of Two CenturiesGalerie St. Etienne, New York City, NYGroup
19931982-83, Ten Years AfterTony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1991Act-Up Benefit ExhibitionPaula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1991Oversized Prints & PortfoliosGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
1991A BestiaryPaula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1990The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980sNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NYGroup
1988Mortality Tales: History Painting in the 1980’sGalleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1988Life Stories: Myth, Fiction, and History in Contemporary ArtHenry Art Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
1987documenta 8Documenta, KasselGroup
1987Past - imperfectWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
1987State Of The Art: Ideas And Images In The 1980sICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonGroup
1987International Survey of Recent Painting and SculptureMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
1983American Still Life: 1945–1983Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
1982Critical Perspectives: Curators and ArtistsMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
1981FiguringHallwalls at The Church, Buffalo, NYGroup
1979A Great Big Drawing ShowMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup