Published on the occasion of the exhibition Early Paintings. This exhibition is comprised of nine paintings dating from 1979 to 1989. It aims to reintroduce the works that characterized Fischl’s early body of work and distinguished him as a postmodern American painter. In these paintings Fischl depicts scenes from everyday life in suburban America including back yard barbeques, beach resorts and intimate interiors. Seemingly harmless in subject matter, the suburban backdrop becomes a lens through which Fischl explores psychologically charged themes such as the loss of innocence, impulse, sexuality and the transience of life. In each of the paintings in this exhibition the audience is confronted with the disconcerting juxtaposition of the inner conflict of Fischl’s subjects contrasted with the commonplace of the external world.
10.5 x 11.5 inches. (26.67 x 29.21 cm)
48 pages. 29 color reproductions. Hardcover.
Publication date: 2/29/2012.
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