Bad Boy: Fischl’s Memoir

Monday, May 20, 2013

Artists, actors, rock stars, writers, and collectors were all spotted at Mary Boone gallery on Tuesday night to toast Eric Fischl’s memoir, Bad Boy. Steve Martin – who contributed to the book – provided the major sighting of the evening; other notable attendees included Roger Waters, E.L. Doctorow, Will Cotton, Ron Rifkin, Griffin Dunne, Andres Serrano, Lally Weymouth, Peter Duchin, Fischl’s co-author, Michael Stone, Fisch’s  wife – the artist April Gornik as well as his art dealer Mary Boone.

Fischl’s paintings now hang everywhere from the Met to the Whitney, but like many success stories, his early years were not so easy. Bad Boy chronicles those struggles, beginning with an alcoholic mother who committed suicide.  From there, he studied at the legendary Cal Arts school, met landscape artist and future wife April Gornik and emerged as one of the three major artists of the 1980s. In addition to Martin, the book – published by Crown – is interspersed with contributions by such notable artists as Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Gornik and more.


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