Transitional Positions: A Virtual Exhibition Curated by Eric Fischl



The Galerie St. Etienne is pleased to present the online-only group exhibition, Transitional Positions. Guest curated by Eric Fischl, the show features works by the gallery’s mainstay German and Austrian Expressionists, alongside contemporary female masters of figurative painting.

Divided into four themes—The Circus of Life, Portraits: Self & Other, The Female Body and Family: Mother & Child—the show include works by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Gustav Klimt, Käthe Kollwitz, Egon Schiele and others who were responding to the radical upheavals of the early twentieth century.


Fischl invited Ellen BerkenblitAngela DufresneNicole EisenmanTracey EminSullivan GilesChantal JoffeGladys NilssonJennifer PackerEllen PhelanJenny Saville and Joan Semmel to pick an Expressionist work, pair it with one of their own, and comment on their relationship to the piece.

Transitional Positions explores states of uncertainty: the uncomfortable yet bracing recognition that what once was accepted as a given no longer exists–and that the future is ours for the making.

July 7 through September 11, 2020

Visit the exhibition site here.

Images from top left: Ellen Berkenblit (American, b. 1958): The Room, 2019, oil on linen, 76” x 60” (193 x 152.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Otto Dix (German, 1891-1969): Red-Haired Nude with Red Stockings (Red-Haired Girl) (detail), 1925, watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper. 20 1/4″ x 12″ (51.4 x 30.5 cm).  Jenny Saville (British, b. 1970): Study for Intertwine II, 2012, charcoal and pastel on paper mounted on board, 57 ½” 76 3/8” (146 x 194 cm). Courtesy Gagosian.