North Haven painter Eric Fischl‘s new memoir Bad Boy seems to have elevated his status to rock star over recent weeks. The book is getting high praise from both readers and critics, and Fischl celebrated his success with a book party at Mary Boone Gallery in Manhattan last week.
Gallery owner Mary Boone and Crown Publishers threw the star-studded affair, which included a guest list of New York‘s best and brightest. Among the notable guests were some of Fischl‘s Hamptons neighbors, art world colleagues and Hollywood admirers. Steve Martin, E.L. Doctorow, Fischl‘s wife April Gornik, Roger Waters, Will Cotton, Laurie Simmons, Griffin Dunne, Andres Serrano, Nessia Pope, Eleonora Kennedy, Michael Kennedy, Lally Weymouth, Richard Farley and Nicole Miller.
Friends and fans toasted Fischl at the party and the artist posed for photographs throughout the night.
Named for one of his most famous paintings, Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas (published May 7, 2013) is a book about Fischl‘s difficult childhood, his life in the New York art world, both as an emerging and successful artist, and more. Amazon.com says he has written a ”searing exploration of his coming of age as an artist, and his search for a fresh narrative style in the highly charged and competitive New York art world in the 1970s and 1980s. …Fischl joined the front ranks of America artists, in a high-octane downtown art scene that included Andy Warhol, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, and others. It was a world of fashion, fame, cocaine and alcohol that for a time threatened to undermine all that Fischl had achieved.”