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    Sale 1999

    Post -War And Contemporary Art Afternoon Session

    14 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 482

    Eric Fischl (b. 1948)

    Willie and Liz

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    Eric Fischl (b. 1948)
    Willie and Liz
    signed, titled and dated 'Eric Fischl WILLIE AND LIZ 2003' (on the reverse)
    oil on linen
    50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm.)
    Painted in 2003.

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    In addition to individual portraits of his friends, Eric Fischl completed several portraits of notable couples including Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith, and Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. The present work depicts Willem Dafoe and his partner, director Elizabeth LaCompte, founding members of the Wooster Group, a collective of artists who create new work for the theater, dance and media. Founded by a small group of people in 1975, for over thirty years the Wooster Group has cultivated new forms and techniques of theatrical expression, attracting not only the theater community, but artists and enthusiasts of dance, painting, music, video and film. Willie and Liz captures not only the psychological interplay between the sitters, but Fischl's uncompromising passion for observation.


    Mary Boone Gallery, New York