The Pace Gallery is honored to present Julian Schnabel: New Plate Paintings. Inspired by the roses growing in the cemetery near Van Gogh’s grave in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, these works celebrate the artist’s first solo show since his return to the gallery. It coincides with his exhibition Julian Schnabel Plate Paintings 1978–86 at the Aspen Art Museum and an exhibition curated by the artist, Artists Select: Julian Schnabel at the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver. New Plate Paintings will be on view at 510 West 25th Street from February 24 through March 25, 2017, with an opening reception for the public on Thursday, February 23, 6 to 8 pm. A new catalogue with an essay by Hilton Als will accompany the exhibition.
In his 1987 autobiography, Schnabel reflected on his thought process for his first plate paintings: “The plates seemed to have a sound, the sound of every violent human tragedy, an anthropomorphic sense of things being smeared and thrown…I wanted to make something that was exploding as much as I wanted to make something that was cohesive.” The artist continues to fragment the plates, but rather than using them to disrupt the picture plane, he incorporates each piece to accomplish his vision. Now, the image and plate surface are cohesive, whereas before they would reside on the surface in different ways.
Julian Schnabel (b. 1951, Brooklyn, New York) is known for his multidisciplinary practice that extends beyond painting to include sculpture and film. His use of diverse materials and painting surfaces and his varied modes of construction were pivotal in the emergence of Neo-Expressionist painting in the United States. Resisting the turn to traditional conventions of painting and sculpture that characterized the 1980s, he began his series of Plate Paintings, representational works with sculptural surfaces produced by layering shards of found pottery with thick applications of pigment. Throughout his career, he has sustained his use of found materials and chance-based processes.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1979, Schnabel has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including retrospectives organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1987); Museo Correr, Venice (2011); and Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut (2013).
This is the seventeenth solo exhibition of Julian Schnabel’s work at the gallery, and his first since returning in 2016.
Join Julian Schnabel in conversation with Jeff Koons at TimesTalk, presented by The New York Times, on March 6, 7PM at, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Don’t miss this rare and exciting opportunity to see award–winning and wildly popular multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel in conversation with Jeff Koons, the critically acclaimed and controversial artist that rose to prominence in the post–war era. The duo will discuss their illustrious careers, creative processes and
2017. Pace Gallery. Hardcover
54 pages: 21 color illustrations; 12 ¼ x 9 ¾