Fischl work showcased at Westport Arts Center
Updated 10:40 am, Sunday, July 5, 2015
An exhibition of photographs and paintings by artist Eric Fischl will be showcased at the Westport Arts Center beginning this week.
The opening reception for the exhibit will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and it will run through Sept. 5.
The works on display in Westport are an aggregation of Fischl’s early photographs and paintings from 1982 to 2008, representing his distinct figurative style, according to publicity for the exhibit from the arts center.
Fischl will be at the opening reception and will sign copies of his memoir, “Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas,” written in 2013 with Michael Stone.
“We are so honored to have works coming directly from both the Hall Collection and the Eric Fischl Studio,” Klisser During said in a statement.
Fischl is known for “provocative narratives about human behavior, particularly the hidden activities of middle-class America, and for making private moments public. His work is focused on people — their bodies — and the associated complex relationship we have with our physicality,” the arts center said in announcing the exhibit.
Included in the exhibition is his series of Saint Tropez dye transfer photographs from the Hall Collection. “This series exemplifies Fischl’s sense of voyeurism and his use of water as a recurrent theme, both the ocean as a symbol of life and the swimming pool as its domestic manifestation,” according to the arts center.
Fischl was born in New York City in 1948 and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. He began his art education in Phoenix, Ariz., where his parents had moved in 1967. He attended Phoenix College and earned a bachelor’s in fine arts from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972.
Fischl’s paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions and his work is represented in many museums, as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Musée Beaubourg in Paris.
For more information on the Fischl exhibition and other programs at the arts center, visit www.westportartscenter.org