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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
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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