Eric Fischl, ‘Untitled (Tumbling Woman)’, 2012, Hexton Gallery

“I called it tumbling as opposed to falling because I wanted it to have a feeling of lateral motion… a feeling that we’re in motion, heading somewhere and not in control. I wanted to express that feeling of vulnerability that comes when we have lost our equilibrium: uprooted, no longer fixed. I also decided to make it a woman as opposed to a man because I think historically the woman still holds as a symbol for vulnerability as well as for nurturing and caretaking within our cultural framework.”

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About Eric Fischl

Neo-expressionist painter Eric Fischl achieved recognition in the 1980s for his figurative paintings exploring suburban adolescent sexuality, as in Sleepwalker (1979), which depicts a boy hunched over in a plastic pool, masturbating. His work commonly exposes the dark, disturbing undercurrents of American life; his unconventional 9/11 memorial sculpture, Tumbling Woman (2001), was removed from public view amid controversy. Fischl is also the founder of the “America: Now and Here” project, a mobile museum and performance space that will tour the U.S. for two years.

American, b. 1948, New York, New York, based in Sag Harbor, New York