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Eric Fischl, A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island, 1983, diptych, oil on canvas, overall 7 × 14'. From “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s.”

“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s”

Whitney Museum of American Art

Eric Fischl, A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island, 1983, diptych, oil on canvas, overall 7 × 14'. From “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s.”

After seeing and in some cases reviewing a number of shows of the New York art of the 1980s over the past few years, from Arch Connelly back in 2012 to a show about Manhattan’s Pier 34 in 2016, through Alvin Baltrop, Greer Lankton, and others along the way, I’d gotten into my head a memory of that time as funky, inventive, and in some way modest, a period of doing a lot with a little and of making art that was often intimate and ultimately personal. “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s” might have been designed to rebut that idea: The literally big thing here was scale, from Kenny Scharf’s roughly ten-foot-tall When the Worlds Collide, 1984, facing you as you came in, to—what else—one of the paintings on velvet that made Julian Schnabel famous, the approximately thirteen-foot-wide Hope, 1982. At fourteen feet wide, Eric Fischl’s A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island

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