Beer at the opening reception is provided by Ninkasi.
Eric Fischl is considered one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Fischl was born in 1948 in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. His work is represented in many museums, as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modem Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Saint Louis Art Museum; and many others. Eric Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, N.Y., with his wife, the painter April Gornik.
Dive Deep, on view October 27, 2012, through May 12, 2013, explores Fischl’s creative process. The exhibition features thirteen major paintings dating from 1979 to the present, accompanied by more than 100 related studies in various media: drawings, oil sketches, sculptures, digital composites, photographs, and prints. Most of the studies included in this exhibition have never before been made available for public viewing: they provide a rare glimpse into Fischl’s thoughtful approach to composition and his provocative visual intelligence. SJMA is the only West Coast venue for the exhibition.
Dive Deep is co-organized by SJMA and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (PAFA). Dive Deep is sponsored by the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation, the Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, Rita and Kent Norton, the Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation, Christie’s, and Dr. W. Donald Head.