Eric Fischl: Sculpture and Watercolor

February 08, 2006 - March 18, 2006

Yoshii Gallery, New York, in collaboration with Jablonka Galerie, Köln, is pleased to announce “Eric Fischl: Sculpture and Water,” an exhibition of untitled works made by the American artist in 2005. Featuring bronze sculptures and watercolors, the exhibition will offer a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between the acclaimed artist’s use of both mediums.

The pieces exhibited in Sculpture and Watercolor demonstrate Fischl’s finely honed command of the expressive capabilities of the human figure, a subject to which he has devoted his output since his start in the seventies. All of a uniform size (60 x 40 inches), in addition to being untitled and of a spare, monochromatic palette of transparent blues, Fischl’s watercolors present the viewer with often faceless human bodies devoid of spatial or narrative contexts. In both his watercolors and his sculptures, the figures communicate through gestural poses, which alternate between awkwardness and the erotic, at times appearing reflective and active simultaneously, though always removed and distant from the viewer. Throughout the exhibition, Fischl’s human forms offer explorations into themes of solitude and the relationships between people, particularly men and women.

Born in New York City in 1948, Eric Fischl received his BFA in painting from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. His work has been included in a number of exhibitions since then, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, in 1987; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, in 1985; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 1987; Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenden Künsta, Vienna, 1990; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1999; and the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, in 2000. He continues to live and work in New York City and Sag Harbor, NY.