The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, October 22, 2014


First Ever Solo Exhibition in a Spanish Museum by Eric Fischl
Eric Fischl poses with his works of art at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Málaga. Photo: EFE/Jorge Zapata.
MALAGA.- CAC Málaga – the city of Malaga’s Centre for Contemporary Art – is presenting the first ever solo exhibition in a Spanish museum by Eric Fischl who, along with Alex Katz, is one of the most eminent American figurative painters of the second half of the 20th century. On show there will be large-format paintings and watercolours forming part of this New York artist’s first art of bullfighting, created after he attended Ronda’s Goyesque bullfight in 2007. "Corrida in Ronda", the title of the exhibition curated by Fernando Francés, summarises the rich language of the artist’s painting. There are two things about his works that are particularly outstanding and unique in contemporary painting: the use of backlighting to depict the toreadors’ passes and the way he imbues them with an emotive charge.

Only 10 large-format works in total (six oil paintings and four watercolours) are needed to summarise Eric Fischl’s perception of his first art of bullfighting in the most spectacular and truly telling way. One of the most classical themes of Spanish art in recent centuries, the art of bullfighting has been magnificently reviewed in the exhibition catalogue by the professor and art critic, Francisco Calvo Serraller. "Corrida in Ronda" is a collection of sensations, vibrations and emotions. It is a compendium of – and a fresh look at – a classical theme. It is also the impression of one of Spain’s most ancestral customs seen through the eyes of an avant-garde artist.

"Corrida in Ronda" is surprising because of the expressive power the New York artist has given to the art of bullfighting; on these huge canvases there is nothing but the impressiveness of the bullfight, strong bulls and admirable toreadors. Here we are not looking at an artist of enamelled, uniform surfaces, but rather at a devotee of chiaroscuro. Consequently, light is one of the most significant aspects of his style, and in his works he uses strong contrasts of light that create a sensation of depth. There are some figures that demand a little effort to extract them from the semi-darkness, while others are almost painful to look at because of their overexposure to the sun, a technique that he uses to produce the highest degree of expressiveness in his characters.

Fischl (New York, 1948), studied at the California Institute of Arts Valencia (United States). After working as a teacher for four years, his first solo exhibition was held at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax (Canada). Even though his initial works tended more towards abstraction, as from 1976 he began to introduce figurative elements. Finally, at the end of the 1970s, his style became realist, a style that is both powerfully expressive and clearly influenced by expressionist and American naturalist painters. The core theme of his oeuvre is sexuality. There are many representations of naked bodies in erotic poses, though often they exude a certain air of mystery, distress or oppression. Consequently, Fischl draws attention to the adulteration of moral values in modern American society. The artist is mostly known for his painting, though he has worked as a sculptor and photographer too.

Centre for Contemporary Art | Eric Fischl who | Alex Katz |




Today's News

January 31, 2010

Definitive Retrospective of German Photographer F.C. Gundlach's Extensive Work in Berlin

First Ever Solo Exhibition in a Spanish Museum by Eric Fischl

Los Angeles Artist James Welling Presents New Works at Regen Projects

Minister of State Martin Mansergh Launches Irish Museums 2010 Program

Archival and Vintage Architectural Photography at Max Protetch Gallery

Major Exhibition of 1940s and '50s' Street Photography Opens in Milwaukee

Magnum Gallery to Present a Selection of Photographs by Elliott Erwitt

New Deal Exhibition at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Explores 1930s Art

Exhibition Uses Work of George Nama to Illuminate Poetry of Charles Simic

"The Antidote" at Claire Oliver Features Works by Seven Artists

Christian Schwarzwald and Ethan Breckenridge at Derek Eller Gallery

Hammer Presents Rachel Whiteread in First Drawings Retrospective

First Museum Survey of Street Artist Shepard Fairey to Open in Cincinnati

Exhibition of Full Size Photographs of Abraham Lincoln to Open at the Bruce Museum

Third Edition of India Art Summit Announced

Phoenix Art Museum is the Exclusive Venue for Ansel Adams: Discoveries

Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse Present Major Project in Connecticut

Spanish Royal Society Awards Robert Descharnes Gold Medal as World's Leading Dali Expert

Getty Foundation Gives Additional $3.1 Million to 26 Arts Institutions Across Southern California

High Museum of Art to Highlight Four Recent Films in Annual French Film Festival

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Major Exhibition of the Work of British Artist George Shaw at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina to Present the Second Emerging Talents Awards

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Honorary Patrons Scheme Launched by Bryan Ferry

Major Exhibition of the Work of Anselm Kiefer at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

BALTIC Announces a Major Exhibition of the Work of Anselm Kiefer

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Announces a Major Exhibition of the Work of Anselm Kiefer

New Work by Argentinean Artist and Architect Tomás Saraceno at Baltic

Artists Raqs Media Collective to Present Work Commissioned by Baltic

Baltic Center for Contemporary Art Anounces Jenny Holzer Exhibition

Life According to Wilhelm Sasnal at the CAC Málaga in Spain



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site