New York

Eric Fischl

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

Why, fancy that, there’s Steve Martin, alone on the beach, hiding behind black shades and a wide grin. And over here is Mike Nichols, looking quite dapper in black suit and shirt, but with that casual open collar to show he’s a regular guy after all. His interlocked hands and intense stare seem to relay something private, but who knows whether his look isn’t as studied and calculated as his clothing? And there’s Eric Fischl’s dealer, Mary Boone, looking like a petulant odalisque as she leans against the window sill. These, along with paintings of curator Bruce Ferguson, April Gornik (Fischl’s wife and a distinguished painter in her own right), artist Bryan Hunt, and writer Frederic Tuten, made up the society of portraits on view in Fischl’s recent show. And of course there’s Eric himself, whom I haven’t seen in years (first met him before he was a star), but he doesn’t seem to have changed,

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