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Eric Fischl

<b>Eric Fischl</b>
<i>The Day the Shah Ran By</i>, 1982
oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm.)
Eric Fischl
The Day the Shah Ran By, 1982
oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm.)
<b>Eric Fischl</b>
<i>A Woman Possessed</i>, 1981
oil on canvas
68 x 96 inches (172.7 x 243.8 cm.)
Eric Fischl
A Woman Possessed, 1981
oil on canvas
68 x 96 inches (172.7 x 243.8 cm.)

Biography

Eric Fischl
(Born 1948)

Eric Fischl was born in New York in 1948. He graduated from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, in 1972, and was a teacher between 1974 and 1978 at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Fischl had his first solo show, curated by Bruce W. Ferguson, at Dalhousie Art Gallery in Nova Scotia in 1975 before relocating to New York City in 1978.

Fischl works in multiple mediums such as painting, sculpture and prints, and is mostly known for his large scale, naturalistic images of middle-class American life. His suburban upbringing provided him with a backdrop of alcoholism and a culture obsessed with image over content. Subsequently, his early work became focused on provocative yet truthful issues deemed repugnant by polite society. The powerful underlying sexuality in his works, often portray intimate moments that the viewer is helplessly made privy of and address the dark and disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life. Fischl’s large human-scale figures only emphasize the voyeuristic feeling of his images, and imbue them with a psychological, almost dream-like intensity. His earlier paintings are highly reminiscent of the Photorealism works of the 1960s, and during the 1980s his style expanded to fragmented images split into separate panels, which he used for paintings and etchings.

Eric Fischl has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held in institutions such as the Albertina in 2014in Vienna, Austria; the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Malaga in 2010 in Malaga, Spain; the Kestnergesellschaft in 2007-2008 in Hannover; Germany, the Stadtkirche Darmstadt in 2006 in Darmstadt, Germany; and the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art in 2006 in Wilmington, DE. He has also participated in exhibitions in major institutions such as the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée Beaubourg in Paris, France; and the The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Fischl’s work has been featured in over one thousand publications.

Eric Fischl is also the founder, President and lead curator for America: Now and Here. This multi-disciplinary exhibition of 150 of some of America’s most celebrated visual artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers is designed to spark a national conversation about American identity through the arts. The project launched on May 5th, 2011 in Kansas City and travelled to Detroit and Chicago. The cross-country journey then continued in a roving museum and performance space contained within six 18-wheeler trucks that travelled to communities from coast to coast.

Eric Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Rift Raft, Skarstedt, New York

2015
Eric Fischl, Westport Arts Center, Westport, Connecticut
Art Fair Paintings, Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2014
Friends, Lovers and other Constellations, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Art Fair Paintings, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Eric Fischl, Jablonka Galerie Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

2013
Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto and Calgary, Canada

2012
Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Traveled to San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
Eric Fischl: Beach Life, Guild Hall of East Hampton, East Hampton, New York
Eric Fischl: Portraits, Mary Boone Gallery, New York (catalogue)

2011
Eric Fischl: Early Paintings, Skarstedt Gallery, New York

2010
Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Eric Fischl: Corrida en Ronda, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain (catalogue)
Eric Fischl Drawings 1979-2009, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Eric Fischl: Three New Lithographs, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2008
Eric Fischl: Ten Breaths, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Eric Fischl: Beach Scenes - New Work, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
Eric Fischl: Ten Breaths, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Eric Fischl: Corrida in Ronda, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Eric Fischl: Corrida in Ronda, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Eric Fischl Beach Paintings, The Rizzoli Bookstore at Empire Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York

2007
Eric Fischl: Ten Breaths, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (catalogue)
Thomas Gibson Fine Art Limited, London, United Kingdom (catalogue)

2006
Eric Fischl: Prints and Drawings, Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware (catalogue)
Im Dialog VII: Erich Fischl, Hysterics Of Love, Stadtkirche Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany (catalogue)
Eric Fischl: Masterworks from the Early Eighties, Thomas Ammann fine Art AG, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)
Eric Fischl. Sculpture and Watercolor, Yoshii Gallery, New York (catalogue)

2005
Eric Fischl: New Paintings, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
Dance, Jablonka Gallery, Miami, Florida
Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2004
Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio in Bologna, Bologna, Italy (catalogue)

2003
Eric Fischl, Paintings and Drawings 1979-2001, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, (catalogue)
Eric Fischl: Krefeld Project Studies, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Eric Fischl; The Krefeld Project, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany (catalogue)

2002
Eric Fischl: Photographs: St Tropez 1982-1988, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
Untitled (9/11 Memorial), Rockefeller Center, New York

2001
Eric Fischl: Watercolors, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
Eric Fischl: The Bed, The Chair... Paintings and Works on Paper, Jablonka Galerie, Koln, Germany (catalogue)

2000
Arthur Ashe Commemorative Garden, New York
Eric Fischl: The Bed, The Chair... New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, London, United Kingdom (catalogue)
Mary Boone Gallery, New York

1999
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Portraits: Eric Fischl, Mary Boone Gallery, New York (catalogue)
Eric Fischl Unique Works, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York

1998
Eric Fischl: Sculpture, Gagosian Gallery, New York, (catalogue)
Eric Fischl. Recent Paintings & Works on Paper, Galleria Lawrence Rubin, Milan, Italy (catalogue)

1997
Eric Fischl: New Works on Paper, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
Eric Fischl: Saint-Tropez Photographies, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

1996
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, (catalogue)
Eric Fischl: Prints & Monotypes, Numark Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1995
Eric Fischl: Solar Intaglio Prints, Alexa Lee Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Eric Fischl, Michael Nagy Fine Art, Potts Point, Australia

1994
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Eric Fischl: Oeuvres Récentes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Eric Fischl: New Paintings and Watercolors, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mary Boone Gallery, New York (catalogue)
Eric Fischl: Watercolors, Off Shore Gallery, East Hampton, New York

1993
Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)
Eric Fischl - New Solar Plate Intaglio Prints, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York

1992
Eric Fischl: St. Tropez, 1982-1988, Photographs, Michael Kohn Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1991
Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (catalogue)
Eric Fischl: A Cinematic View, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
Eric Fischl: Drawings, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1990
Gemaldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Vienna, Austria
Scenes and Sequences, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, California (catalogue)
Koury-Wingate Gallery, New York
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Eric Fischl - A survey of etchings, woodcuts and monotypes from the past decade, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (catalogue)
Eric Fischl: Works in Progress, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1989
Waddington Galleries, London, England (catalogue)

1988
Mary Boone Gallery, New York (catalogue)
Eric Fischl: Bilder und Zeichnungen, Michael Werner Gallery, Koln, West Germany (catalogue)

1987
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1986
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Eric Fischl; Scenes Before the Eye, University Art Museum, C.S.U., Long Beach, California (catalogue)

1985
Eric Fischl: The Works on Glassine, 1979-80,Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Eric Fischl: paintings, Mendel Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada (catalogue)
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1984
Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Mary Boone/Michael Werner Gallery, New York (catalogue)

1983
Eric Fischl: Dessins, Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montreal, Canada (catalogue)
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Birthday Boy, Galleria Mario Diacono, Rome, Italy
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Eric Fischl: Paintings, Sir George Williams Art Galleries, Montreal, Canada
(catalogue)

1982
Edward Thorp, New York
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1981
Edward Thorp, New York
Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Canada

1980
Eric Fischl: Paintings and Drawings, Emily Davis Gallery, Akron, Ohio (catalogue)

1978
Galerie B, Montreal, Canada

1976
Galerie B, Montreal, Canada
Studio, Halifax, Canada

1975
Bridge Shield Shelter, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada (catalogue)


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
Fast Forward: Paintings From the 1980s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2016
Water | Bodies, presented by the New York Academy of Art, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, New York
Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle, Parish Art Museum, New York
George Condo, Eric Fischl, Richard Prince, David Salle, Christopher Wool, Skarstedt, London, United Kingdom
Portraits,Skarstedt, New York

2015
Beatiful Beast, Wilkinson Gallery, New York Academy of Art, New York
Manifest Justice, Los Angeles, California
Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
The Annual 2015: The Depth of Surface, National Academy Museum, New York
Selfies, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York
Summer Night Dream, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
Everything Must Go, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland


2014
The Big Picture: Desiderio, Fischl, Rauch, Saville, Tansey, Wilkinson Gallery, New York Academy of Art, New York
Urban Theater: New York in the 1980s, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Disturbing Innocence, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York.
Look At Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present, Leila Heller Gallery, New York
Dustin Yellin and Eric Fischl: Narratives in Glass, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, Washington
Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2013
Torso, Jablonka Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Eye to I… 3,000 Years of Portraits, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York

2012
Portraits/Self-Portraits from the 16th to the 21st Century, Sperone Westwater, New York
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts

2011
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Creating the New Century: Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio

2010
Dedication, Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Jouvences, Château d'Ardelay, Les Herbiers, France (catalogue)
Your History is Not Our History, Haunch of Venison, New York (catalogue)
Naked, Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
ntimacy! Bathing in Art, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen, Germany (catalogue)
Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California (catalogue)

2009
Paint Made Flesh, Frist Center For the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tenneesee
A Tribute to Ron Warren, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Figurative Prints. Rewind, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Water/Bodies, The Eden Rock Gallery, Saint Barthélemy, French West Indies

2008
Corps Exquis: Fragments from a History of the Human Form, ca. 1585-2006,Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida (catalogue)
Focus: The Figure, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
The Boys of Summer, Edsel Williams Fine Art, East Hampton, New York (catalogue)
Eric Fischl, James Turrell, Luc Tuymans und ihr Drucker Peter Kenubuhler,
Graphische Sammlung der eth Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Crossing the Line: An Exhibition in Sound and Print, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Living in Art: Interieur Exterieur, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue)
Diana und Actaeon: Der Verbotene Blick Auf Die Nacktheit, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany (catalogue)
First Step... Towards a Collection of Western Contemporary Arts, National Museum in Cracow, Cracow, Poland (catalogue)
Musee National de l'Art Moderne du Centre Pompidou Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (catalogue)

2007
Art and Psyche: The Freudian Legacy, CDS Gallery, New York
A Body Without Limits, Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Nexus: Histories and Communitites, Kelowna Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada (catalogue)
Not For Sale, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
Sex & Sensuality, Salomon Contemporary, Southampton, New York (catalogue)
All The More Real, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York

2006
Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards,American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Eros, Der Kunst Der Moderne, Germany (catalogue)
Likeness, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Zuruch Zur Figur, Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiiftung, Munchen, Germany (catalogue)
Singular Multiples: The Peter Blum Edition Archive, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (catalogue)
Salon 2006, New York Academy of Art, New York

2005
Erotica, Bank of Brazil Cultural Centers, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Go Figure, Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton, Florida
"Works on Paper Danese Gallery, New York
Recenti acquisizioni, Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio, Bologna, Italy
14th Quadriennale, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
Potentially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship, Georgia State University Welch School of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia
Art At Work, Forty Years of the JP Morgan Chase Collection, JP Morgan Chase Bank, New York
The Divine Body, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York
Male Desire Two, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
Nagasaki Prefectural Museum, Nagasaki, Japan
Every Picture Tells a Story (The Narrative Impulse in Modern and Contemporary Art), The Galerie St. Etienne, New York
Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit, The UBS Art Gallery and MTA Arts for Transit, New York

2004
Innocence and Insight,Claire Oliver Fine Art, New York
Watercolor,DFN Gallery, New York
North Fork/Southfork, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey (catalogue)
"North Fork/South Fork: East End Art Now, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (catalogue)
Selves, The Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas
Zehn Jahre Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

2003
Axes Of View 4, Bad Homburg, Bad, Germany (catalogue)
Eroffnungsausstellung, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Zurich, Switzerland
Face to Face: 200 Years of Figurative Art on Long Island, The Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, New York
Thirty Three Women, Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)

2002
American Standard, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (catalogue)
Plotting; An Exhibiton of Artist Studies, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (catalogue)
Der Art in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhanderts, Kunsthalle in Emden, Germany, Germany (catalogue)
"Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

2001
Naked Since 2001, L & M Arts, New York, (catalogue)
Mythic Proportions: Painting in the 80s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida (catalogue)
Collaborations with Parkett, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

2000
David Salle, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Hypermental. Rampant Reality 1950-2000 From Salvador Dali to Jeff Koons,Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)
Change of Scene XVII, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Modernism & Abstraction: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Convergence: The Hamptons Since Pollock, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York

1999
20 Years/20 Artists, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado (catalogue)
The American Century: Art and Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1998
Family Viewing,The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Cleveland Collects Contemporary Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio (catalogue)

1997
Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. (catalogue)
Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art 3, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

1996
The Human Body in Contemporary American Sculpture, Gagosian Gallery, New York
NowHere, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (catalogue)
The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (catalogue)
Views from Abroad: European Perspectives on American Art 2, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

1995
25 Americans: Painting in the 90s,Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1994
10 Years of Parkett - 61 Artist's Editions, Hauser & Wirth Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
23 Artistes pour Médecins du Monde, l'Orangerie du Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France (catalogue)

1993
Strange Hotel, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (catalogue)
1992
Durer to Diebenkorn: Recent Acquisitions of Art on Paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1991
Mito y Magia en America: Los Ochenta, Museo de arte contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Whitney Biennial,Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back on the Eighties, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1990
The Decade Show, The New Museum, New York
The Last Decade: American Artists of the 80s, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

1989
Bilderstreit, Rheinhalle, Koln, West Germany
"Suburban Home Life: Tracking the American Dream, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

1988
The World of Art Today, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (catalogue)
Figure as Subject: The Revival of Figuration Since 1975, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

1987
State of Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom
Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany (catalogue)
Minneapolis, Minnesota (catalogue)
The Viewer as Voyeur, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)

1986
Origins, Originality and Beyond; Biennial of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Europa/Amerika, Museum Ludwig, Koln, West Germany
An American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture Since 1940, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (catalogue)
Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

1985
Carnegie International, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
XIII Biennale de Paris, Paris, France
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1984
Venice Biennale: Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained: American Visions of the New Decade, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Venice, Italy (catalogue)
Content, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (catalogue)
Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)
American Art Since 1970, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Aspekte Amerikanischer Kunst der Gegenwart, Neue Galerie Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, West Germany
The Human Condition: SFMMA Biennial III, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1983
Paintings,Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Tendencias en Nueva York, Palacio de Velazquez, Madrid, Spain (catalogue)
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
New York Now, Kunstverein fur die Rheinland und Westfallen, Dusseldorf, West Germany

1981
New Figuration in America, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (catalogue)
Critical Perspectives, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
Focus on the Figure: Twenty Years, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1979
The Great Big Drawing Show, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York

1978
Neun Kanadische Kunstler, Basel Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)