Eric Fischl: Complications From an Already Unfulfilled Life || Stephen Shore

5900 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036
Jun 18, 6 PM - 8 PM — ends Aug 30, 2019
Sprüth Magers is pleased to present its first exhibition with the renowned painter Eric Fischl at its Los Angeles gallery. Fischl is well known for his uncompromising images of American society, as seen through the lens of middle and upper class malaise. Figures routinely share space on his canvases, yet their gazes rarely meet; and if they do, they are trapped in the midst of a tense, awkward exchange that in turn impels the viewer to question his or her own relationships and sense of self. For the first solo exhibition of his paintings in Los Angeles in twenty-five years, the artist has produced a new group of works centered around bodies of water: pools, oceans and lakeside views provide the settings for images of aspiration, desire, frivolity and ennui.


One of the most important and influential photographers of the last half-century, Stephen Shore has produced an expansive body of work that has to a significant degree shaped our vision of the American experience from the 1960s to today. In 1971, at age twenty-four, he was the first living photographer in forty years to receive a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and he was a key figure in the recognition of color photography as an artistic medium beginning in the 1970s. Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to announce the first solo presentation of Shore’s work in Los Angeles since 2005, when his major traveling exhibition The Biographical Landscape opened at the Hammer Museum. On view at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles will be three of the artist’s photographic series spanning the years 1969 to the present, each of which reveal his ability to project an approachable, casual aesthetic that is infused nonetheless with subtlety, complexity, and a quiet, affecting power.