Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Eric Fischl's "Late America"

Bill and I had been taking Eric Fischl for granted
until we saw his new paintings at Skarstedt, Chelsea, NYC, and got excited about him again.
 It was fun to see again his signature scenes from "how we live now". (Feeding the Turtle, 2016)
The gallery states these works were "painted in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 presidential election" -- so expect a feeling of profound fatigue amid the usual disconnection.
Face Off, 2017 
But the urgency for us was in rediscovering Fischl's gorgeous handling of paint. These details from Daddy's Gone, Girl, 2016 (above), will illustrate.
Those brushstrokes!
That paint!
If you are doing the Chelsea galleries, try to make time for "Late America" at Skarstedt, 550 West 21st Street, until June 24th.

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree. After 1970s and 80s success, these paintings are a resurgence for Fischl. Lush and faintly distirbing, they capture the American zeitgeist perfectly.