Go See – Berlin: Eric Fischl at Jablonka Galerie Through July 15, 2009

June 23rd, 2009

Eric Fischl, Corrida in Ronda No. 5
Corrida In Ronda No. 5, by Eric Fischl. Courtesy of the artist.

The Jablonka Galerie’s current exhibition features paintings by Eric Fischl. The show is comprised of new works by the artist which are centered around a particular type of bull-fighting.  The so-called Corrida paintings are showing through July 15.The series focuses on the Corrida goyesca de Ronda, the tradition of the bull fight in the Andalusian city of Ronda. Since its inception in 1954 with founder Antonio Ordoñez, the Corrida fills the city every year with color.  Fischl has captured this celebration in his paintings, which will be hosted by galleries in New York and in Málagua following their current showing at the Jablonka Galerie in Berlin.

Eric Fischl at Jablonka Galerie
A view of the Eric Fischl exhibition at Jablonka Gallerie.

Related links:
Eric Fischl at Jablonka Galerie (pdf)
Eric Fischl [artist homepage]
Jablonka Galerie

Eric Fischl at Jablonka Galerie
A view of the Eric Fischl exhibition at Jablonka Galerie.

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A view of the Eric Fischl exhibition at Jablonka Galerie.

Eric Fischl, Corrida In Ronda No. 1
Corrida in Ronda No. 1, by Eric Fischl. Courtesy of the artist.

Corrida In Ronda No. 2
Corrida in Ronda No. 2, by Eric Fischl. Courtesy of the artist.

Eric Fischl was born in 1948 in New York.  After his parents moved to Arizona in 1967, Fischl studied at the Phoenix Junior College and the Arizona State University before completing his BFA in 1972 at the California Institute of the Arts.  After graduating, Fischl worked as a guard at the Museum of Contemporary Art until he was given a teaching appointment at the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1974.  Since then, the artist has had solo shows at the Gagosian Gallery, in both New York and London, and the Larry Gagosian Gallery in LA; New York’s May Boone Gallery; Fondazione Cassa Di Risparmio in Bologna; Rockafeller Center, New York; Galerie B., Montreal; and more.

Eric Fischl
A Corrida painting by Eric Fischl.  Courtesy of the artist.

Eric Fischl, Corrida in Ronda No. 6
Corrida in Ronda No. 6, by Eric Fischl. Courtesy of the artist.

Eric Fischl, Corrida in Ronda No. 7
Corrida in Ronda No. 7, by Eric Fischl. Courtesy of the artist.

Also a sculptor, Fischl is among those artists credited with the revival of painting in the 1970’s.  Often painting from photographs, Fischl’s work often focuses on the discrepancy between what can be experienced and what can be described.  The photograph eventually became Fisch’s way of circumventing this rift: in the artist’s own words, the “photograph slices moments so thinly that it actually shows us the invisible world.” Fischl has employed this same process in the Corrida paintings, photographing moments from the Corrida in Ronda before painting those photographs.

Eric Fischl
A Corrida painting by Eric Fischl, currently showing at Jablonka Galerie.  Courtesy of the artist.

Eric Fischl, Corrida in Ronda No. 4
Corrida in Ronda No. 4, by Eric Fischl. Courtesy of the artist.

– Rivka Fogel