6.20/ Parrish Art: New Series ‘Painter to Painter’ w/ Eric Fischl — July 2, 11 AM






SUNDAY, JULY 2, 11am


The Parrish collection artist kicks off the Museum’s new series, Painter to Painter,

which invites established artists to give gallery talks on current exhibitions

Eric Fischl at the opening reception of ‘Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle’ at the Parrish Art Museum. Photo: Daniel Gonzalez

Parrish Art Museum collection artist Eric Fischl will share his personal and professional insights into the work of painter John Graham during a public gallery talk on Sunday, July 2, 11am. Fischl will lead attendees through the critically-acclaimed exhibition John Graham: Maverick Modernist in this first program of Painter to Painter.  This new series at the Parrish invites established artists to shed light on current exhibitions from their unique perspective, furthering the Museum’s mission to create opportunities for the community to connect with art and artists. The next Painter to Painter program, later this summer, features Audrey Flack.

According to Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator at the Parrish, “Eric and I have had many conversations about the artist John Graham, and when the idea of a gallery talk arose, he graciously agreed to lead one—but not from the perspective of an art historian, but just ‘painter to painter.’ That’s how the series came to be.”

Internationally acclaimed American figurative painter and sculptor Eric Fischl  lives and works in Sag Harbor with his wife, the painter April Gornik. Born in 1948 in New York City and raised in the suburbs of Long Island, Fischl earned his B.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. He relocated to Halifax in 1974 to teach painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Fischl had his first solo at Dalhousie Art Gallery in Nova Scotia in 1975 before relocating to New York City in 1978.

Fischl’s paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints have been shown in numerous solo and major group exhibitions in museums worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modem Art in New York City; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, MusÈe Beaubourg in Paris, among others. In 2016 his work was featured in the Parrish exhibition Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle. Throughout his career, Fischl has collaborated with artists and authors including E.L. Doctorow, Allen Ginsberg, Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz and Frederic Tuten. He is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science.

John Graham: Maverick Modernist, on view through July 30, is the first comprehensive retrospective in 30 years of work by the provocativeartist, who spent time in Southampton and East Hampton in the 1950s and is credited for discovering Jackson Pollock. Organized by Alicia G. Longwell, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, Art and Education at the Parrish, it features 65 paintings and a selection of important works on paper from Graham’s influential four-decade career.

Organized chronologically and featuring works from 1923 to 1959, John Graham: Maverick Modernist illustrates the development of Graham’s style beginning with cubist-influenced still lifes, nudes, landscapes, and portraits of the1920s that became more abstract in the 1930s, to his radical stylistic change in the early 1940s when he veered from abstraction, instead producing portraits inspired by Renaissance and 19th-century French artists. Work from Graham’s later output alludes to his eclectic interests such as the occult and mysticism.

John Graham: Maverick Modernist is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the Century Arts Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Liliane and Norman Peck Fund for Exhibitions, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Fund for Publications, and Barbara Slifka. The Parrish Art Museum wishes to also acknowledge Ariel and Alaleh Ostad Charitable Annuity Trust, Henry & Elaine Kaufman Foundation, Robert and Arlene Kogod, Myron Kunin Collection, Boris Lurie Art Foundation, Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield, Herman Goldman Foundation, Allison Stabile, and Jeremy Patricia Stone. WSHU is the exclusive radio sponsor.

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.



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