Episode No. 79 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Eric Fischl and Kate Shepherd.
Fischl’s 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. 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.
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. His sculpture of Arthur Ashe (2000) at the Billie Jean King U.S. National Tennis Center is one of the most popular public artworks in New York. Images of much of Fischl’s work is available on his website.
On the second segment, Kate Shepherd talks about her work, particularly her interest in the primary colors. Her work is included in the group show “The Artist’s Palette: The Primary Colors on Paper” at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It’s on view through June 2. Shepherd’s work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Chinati Foundation and at The Phillips Collection. Her work is in the collection of museums such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Seattle Art Museum. Many images of Shepherd’s work are available at her website.
Air date: May 9, 2013.