Here's The Thing (Mary Ellen Matthews)

Episode #47

Eric Fischl

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Monday, August 05, 2013

This week Alec sits down with painter Eric Fischl, who became known in the 1980s art scene for work that explores issues of sexuality and power and what it means to become a man.  

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Fischl’s new memoir, Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas, details his youth, the art world, his own struggles with depression and substance abuse, and his thoughts about the creative process.  Fischl started as an abstract painter, but as he explains to Alec, once he began to work with figures, he realized he was doing the work that [he] was supposed to do, that [he] was built for.”

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Comments [5]

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Mar. 24 2014 06:07 AM
Catherine Meyers from Nova Scotia Canada

I went to NSCAD when Eric was teaching. I am a painter. At the time I had absolutely no interest in taking any painting classes with him, because frankly, I didn't like his personality. Perhaps in retrospect I am sorry, maybe not. However it was a different time and he was a different person and so was I. I admire his honesty, and his work immeasurably. I always enjoy his interviews.

Jan. 07 2014 01:27 PM
Mary Ellen Doris from Setauket, NY

I would suggest that you interview James Nares.

Nares created the recent 'Street' video exhibition at the Met.

Tomorrow (13/10/19) the Met will have him as a part of the Tedx talks. I think you would do a fantastic job with him... Love your show!

Oct. 18 2013 04:21 PM
Lee Kramer from New York

Caught up with the interview late. The book had the same conversational appeal. Everyone can relate to Mr. Fischl as a person not just as an artist. But, if one is an artist, a special connection is felt. An opportunity to learn what it takes to be an artist in our century.

Aug. 20 2013 08:44 AM

I really appreciated this show. I'm surprised to see no comments, so I thought I'd add one. The show felt like listening in on a real conversation, not an interview. Mr. Fischl comes across as remarkably unguarded.

Aug. 20 2013 12:54 AM

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