2017 ARTIST HONOREE - ERIC FISCHL
MTV RE:DEFINE is pleased to announce that this year’s Artist Honoree is painter and sculptor, Eric Fischl. Fischl is regarded as one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His artwork is held in the collections of many of the most distinguished museums in the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, St. Louis Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, MusÈe Beaubourg in Paris, and many others.
“Fischl's suburban upbringing provided him with a backdrop of alcoholism and a country club culture obsessed with image over content. His early work thus became focused on the rift between what was experienced and what could not be said.” (website bio) To this day, his work addresses attitudes and visuals that have come to define us as a people.
In 2011, Fischl founded America: Now and Here. This multi-disciplinary exhibition of 150 of some of America’s most celebrated visual artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers is designed to spark a national conversation about American identity through the arts. He is also the President and lead curator for the organization.
Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He resides in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik. MTV RE:DEFINE looks forward to honoring Fischl at this year’s event.