In the maddening swirl of September, it's impossible to get to everything, but something I wish I could is tonight's opening of Eric Fischl's work at Barbara Edwards Contemporary.
Edwards, who worked with Jared Sable
for years, has taken a page from his book, funneling art-world luminaries into her tiny space for intimate solo shows (the last one, Jessica Stockholder,
was a knockout). This one's beautifully timed, given the gross excess of Fischl's fellow so-called neo-expressionist Julian Schanbel, currently on display at the AGO;
Fischl was always a better painter with both focus and finely-wrought ideas, and these intimate watercolours show are exemplary of the thoughtful arc his robust figuration has undergone over the years. The opening's tonight at 6; if you cant' make that, Fischl is in conversation with Sarah Milroy at 2 pm tomorrow at the gallery as part of the Canadian Art Gallery Hop