In Brussels, Fairgoers Find an Unlikely Subject in Eric Fischl’s Paintings—Themselves
Art Fair Paintings,” is on view at JABLONKA MARUANI MERCIER GALLERY in Brussels, Belgium, to coincide with the Art Brussels art fair, where the gallery will also be showing a selection of Fischl’s “Art Fair” works. In these works, Fischl homes in on the absurd nature of the attendees at these glorified art gatherings.
Comic and disturbing at the same time, Fischl’s paintings are based on photo-collages the artist creates on his computer. In one particularly busy image, Artforum publisher Knight Landesman, in his signature suit and Nikes, shuffles past a group of four aesthetes (one of them looking a bit like
The New York-based artist’s work exposes the globalized nature of these fairs, of which there are now over 50 major ones in places like Dallas, Dubai, and Hong Kong. And unless you’re in the shopping mood, it’s a pretty overwhelming way to see art. In a lot of ways, seeing a show of Fischl art world paintings is even better than experiencing the real thing.
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