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“Fischl is entertaining company. The same obervational frankness that imbues his paintings makes this a brave and candid book. It's also, in many ways, a painful book: he's such a deft portraitist that he captures himself at his most unknowing, wounded, prideful and self-contradictory...Occasionally vain, occasionally score-settling, it's as unsparing as the aging Rembrant's blunt self-portraits.” -New York Times Book Review

"Given Fischl's aptitude for telling stories as a painter, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Bad Boy, a memoir that covers his life from his earliest years to the present, is so engaging. The book, which takes its name from a celebrated 1981 painting of Fischl's that shows a boy facing a naked woman in a bedroom, is unusual among the writings of artists in its novelistic drive and readability...folding painful family memories into accounts of the artist's years in high school, his experiences with girlfriends and teachers, and the art scene he began encountering in New York in the late 1970s." -New York Review of Books

“At once a confessional and a manifesto…Will move readers with its tales of a fraught life in art.” -Wall Street Journal

"A sharp critique of the art world's recent evolution" -Los Angeles Times

One of Jeanette Winterson’s picks for the season’s most arresting personal stories –O Magazine

“Must-read for culture vultures.” –New York Post

"Captivatingly written." -Huffington Post

"A clear-eyed account of the art world’s profound transformations over the past 30 or so years, told by an artist whose career perfectly maps that period." -The New York Observer

"...will probably stand as one of the more revealing documents about the late 20th-century art world.” -ARTnews

"A uniquely intimate account of big-time art in [the 1980s]." -National Post

"Editor's Choice" -Buffalo News

"An in depth look at the life of America's foremost narrative painter Eric Fischl." -Hamptons.com

"[Fischl] pulls no punches in depicting his experiences as a gritty bohemian and upscale urbanite...Equally absorbing as an insider's chronicle of the late twentieth-century art world's booms and busts." -Booklist

"A brave and beautiful book about the difficulties of practicing as a painter in America, and a reminder of how essential the courage of the pursuit of a personal vision is to art."
–Adam Gopnik, staff writer, the New Yorker, author of Paris to the Moon
“Erich Fischl’s Bad Boy is powerful and important: emotionally incisive, brilliantly well-crafted, and completely authentic.  In short, it is just like his art.”
–Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Jackson Pollock and Van Gogh: The Life
“Soo good, so incredibly honest, vulnerable, real, moving, compassionate; an incredible document of a man's life, an artist’s development and a particular moment in time…the best artist-memoir I've ever read.”
–A.M. Homes, author of The End of Alice and May We Be Forgiven
"Eric Fischl’s Bad Boy is a thoughtful, honest, revealing—and frequently moving—memoir of a life in art."
–Francine Prose, president of PEN American Center
"Only an artist of Eric Fisch's intellect, resilience and wit could have survived his dreadful childhood, conquered a nearly fatal addiction to booze and cocaine, salvaged his marriage to the marvelous painter April Gornik, and written this compulsively riveting book."
–Francine du Plessix Gray, Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and literary critic
“As Eric relates across this absorbing chronicle, the ongoing quest for authenticity amidst the thralls of dysfunction would come to constitute one of his primary themes…And as in his art, so here in his writing, he does so with vivid, striking and memorable dispatch.”
–Lawrence Weschler, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees and Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative

Présentation de l'éditeur

In Bad Boy, renowned American artist Eric Fischl has written a penetrating, often searing 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 1980s. 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.

In an extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Fischl discusses the impact of his dysfunctional family on his art—his mother, an imaginative and tragic woman, was an alcoholic who ultimately took her own life. Following his years as a student at Cal Arts and teaching in Nova Scotia, he describes his early years in New York with the artist April Gornik, just as Wall Street money begins to encroach on the old gallery system and change the economics of the art world. 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. Still in his thirties, Eric became the subject of a major Vanity Fair interview, his canvases sold for as much as a million dollars, and The Whitney Museum mounted a major retrospective of his paintings.
Bad Boy follows Fischl’s maturation both as an artist and sculptor, 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. 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.

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HASH(0x908cc72c) étoiles sur 5 Great insight into artist's process 16 mai 2013
Par Bob Clyatt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Bought the book after seeing the WSJ and FT reviews and have to say it is a great artist's read. I am particularly drawn in by his description of what it's like to be an artist swimming against the tide, finding your unique contribution and voice, navigating the creative tsunami. It is very hard to find this process discussed well by a successful artist. His writing is razor-sharp insightful. Either it's great editing, great thinking on his part or some combination of both but I highly recommend this book.
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HASH(0x908cc978) étoiles sur 5 Fascinating, especially the first half 8 juin 2013
Par Page H. Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This book, like Steve Martin's excellent "An Object of Beauty", reinvigorated my interest in art and painting while simultaneously highlighting issues in the "art market". The book made me appreciate some of my favorite Eric Fischl paintings like "Bad Boy" or "A Woman Posessed" even more. I thought his takes on the YBA artists and on some of the great Italian masters were right on the mark. I found the earlier part of the book to be more interesting - gripping actually - as he described the long process of coming to a realization of what kind of artist he was. While his current life and celebrity friends are moderately interesting, the second half of the book lacks the urgency, commitment, and struggle of the first.
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HASH(0x908ccbb8) étoiles sur 5 Generous tell all of the NY centric art world 18 mai 2014
Par Leigh barbier - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have always admired Eric Fischl's narrative and figurative paintings, so I entered the book with an open mind. What I was surprised by was how generous his writing is. He wasn't hiding behind anything. For someone like me, an artist in San Francisco who both puts the NY art world on a pedestal and resents it's exclusive attitude I found it highly entertaining and pleasurable to see inside this world through his eyes. I also really enjoyed his accounting of finding his own style and themes both technically and emotionally. He is a very lucky man ,not just because he has been a financially and critically successful artist but because he is surrounded by a warm and supportive community.
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HASH(0x908ccd5c) étoiles sur 5 Engaging and Honest 7 juin 2013
Par J. Indoe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Intrigued by the WSJ review of this book, I downloaded it to my Kindle and virtually could not put it down. The chronological narrative is expertly written and literally seduces the reader to continue. The author is brutally honest about his strengths and weaknesses. He describes his relationships with family members, teachers, students, gallery owners, artists and friends. We learn what inspires him and how a painting or sculpture emerges from a concept to become a finished work of art. We share his triumphs and defeats, his successes and disappointments. After reading Keith Richards's autobiography Life, I understand how the Rolling Stones produce a recording. Bad Boy gives me the same grasp of how a brilliant artist works.
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HASH(0x908ccc30) étoiles sur 5 Very good first half 15 septembre 2014
Par Daniel Holland - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I enjoyed the first half of this book very much. It was interesting hearing about how Fischl grew up and his rough relationship with his mom. I also enjoyed the following: Time at CalArts; Development as an artist; How he came upon his narrative style; Move to New York and rise in the art world. There are a lot of great tidbits for artists and art aficionados – it’s always interesting to hear about another artist’s process and path.

My problem came in the second half of the book. The 90’s art history felt like a school lesson. I’ve heard it before and this rendition is pretty dry. Then, I had a hard time relating with Fischl’s personal life and I got bored with the renditions of different shows, etc.

I know it’s a memoir, but it got to feel like an argument for Fischl’s place in history and explanations for choices he’s made. I ended up skimming the very end, because it felt like a broken record. I thought the excerpts from friends and family were a good addition, but I think the second half could have been structured in way where it was more interesting and showed more about Fischl’s life in the moment. We hear how interesting his conversations were, but I don’t get an example of that spark. It would have been good to have some riffs and asides and just plain fun to make it interesting.

One final thing: Why no mention of Basqiuat? He’s mentioned twice in the whole book, and just in passing. He was a major player in the eighties scene and someone I'd think he would have paid attention to. Sorta weird that there’s nothing there. I see the Schnabel connection, but maybe Basquiat just wasn’t of interest to him for some reason (but I kinda doubt it).

Another weird thing was the lack of ongoing integration of his future wife April in the ongoing decisions and life in general. There are a lot of "I" decided this or "I" did that. It just rings selfish to me, and maybe this is just the result of how the book was written / pieced together.
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