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Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fiscal and Mike Stone

  • Fitzwater Cafe 728 South 7th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19147 United States (map)
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Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fiscal and Mike Stone

About the program:

Book Club is a reading group led by DVAA Board Member, Linda Dubin Garfield. This program allows DVAA Members to discuss significant literary works concerning pressing issues in the art world. This is a Members-only program.

To participate in this program, read the book, and join the discussion with lunch at Fitzwater Cafe.

About the reading:

This month’s reading: Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fiscal and Mike Stone

In Bad Boy, renowned American artist Eric Fischl has written a penetrating 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 in the 1970s and ’80s. With such notorious and controversial paintings as Bad Boy and Sleepwalker, Fischl joined the front ranks of America artists, in a high-octane downtown art scene that included Andy Warhol, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, and others. It was a world of fashion, fame, cocaine and alcohol that for a time threatened to undermine all that Fischl had achieved.

Fischl rebelled against the conceptual and minimalist art that was in fashion at the time to paint compelling portraits of everyday people that captured the unspoken tensions in their lives. Bad Boy candidly follows Fischl’s maturation both as an artist and sculptor, the impact of his dysfunctional family on his art, and his inevitable fall from grace as a new generation of artists takes center stage, and he is forced to grapple with his legacy and place among museums and collectors who paid millions of dollars for his canvases. Beautifully written, and as courageously revealing as his most provocative paintings, Bad Boy takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the passion and politics of the art world as it has rarely been seen before.

Earlier Event: December 12
December Crit Night
Later Event: January 8
"Open Lens VI" Opening Reception