Artist Fischl has written an exploration of his coming of age as an artist, and his search for a fresh narrative style in the highly charged and competitive New York art world of the 1970s and 1980s. His paintings, many of which show a single intense moment, compel the viewer to participate in a world of middle-class suburban ambiguity and drama, a spokeswoman said.
With such notorious and controversial paintings as “Bad Boy” and “Sleepwalker,” Fischl joined the front ranks of American artists in a high-octane downtown art scene that included Andy Warhol, David Salle and Julian Schnabel. It was a world of fashion, fame, cocaine and alcohol that for a time threatened to undermine all that Fischl had achieved.
Randy Cohen, host of “Person Place Thing,” will interview Fischl for a live broadcast on WAMC Northeast Public Radio. “Person Place Thing” is an interview show based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak about a specific interest. Multi-instrumentalist Reno Bracchi will provide a musical interlude. Refreshments will be served.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.