This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Eric Fischl. His new memoir "Bad Boy," co-written with Michael Stone, has just been published by Crown. In the book, Fischl talks about growing up on Long Island, his mother’s alcoholism and suicide, his discovery of art, his meteoric rise in the New York art world during the cocaine-fueled 1980s, how he was motivated to become sober and how his travels and life experiences have fueled his work in the decades since. Images of many of his paintings and sculptures are on his website.
It’s a strikingly good read. Art students and young artists, no matter whether they’re painters or ardent conceptualists, will find it particularly interesting: Fischl talks about the process of figuring out how to become — and remain — an artist with candor and insight.
This is a detail from Fischl’s Beach Scene with Pink Hat (2006). On this week’s MAN Podcast, Fischl and host Tyler Green discuss how Fischl built his beach scenes out of many photographs, and how and why the light in the paintings is important.
Fischl was one of the most prominent American painters to emerge in New York in the 1980s. He was featured in a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1986, just four years after his first solo gallery show. Since then he’s been the subject of exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld and more.