Eric Fischl At Port Library


ericFriends of the Library invites residents to meet Eric Fischl, author of Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas, on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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Karen Talley is the former editor of Port Washington News.


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