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Julian Schnabel

New Indian Paintings and Selected Sculpture

About Julian Schnabel

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 preexisting materials not traditionally used in art making, varied painting surfaces and modes of construction were pivotal in the reemergence of 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, transforming the conventions of painting and opening the door for a new generation of young artists.

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); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (1995); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2004); Museo Correr, Venice (2011); Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut (2013); Museo de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (2014); the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2015); the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2016); The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut (2017); and Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2018).

Press Release

  • Julian Schnabel: New Indian Paintings and Selected Sculpture
    PaceWildenstein is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Julian Schnabel on view at 534 West 25th Street, New York, from October 17 through November 15, 2003. A public opening will be held on Thursday, October 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Julian Schnabel: New Indian Paintings and Selected Sculpture consists of seven recent paintings and five bronze sculptures from the late 1980s. The paintings include five portraits, oil and wax on canvas, of early 20th century Indian Chiefs. The bronze sculptures are totemic. Over the past three decades Schnabel has used his peripatetic lifestyle to seek out imagery for his work. Beginning with a trip to Europe in the late 1970s, during which he traveled to Germany, Italy, and Spain, where he encountered the architecture of Antonio Gaudi, to his later travels to Cuba and Mexico, the artist has found and continually integrated subject matter from various civilizations and cultures into his work. “There’s an ethnographic appearance to certain kinds of marks, certain kinds of materials, things that are in common or common in these different places in the world, that carry cultural, religious, political implications…they carry the very loaded resonance of this simultaneity of time that informs our understanding of our own existence,” Schnabel commented in a 1989 interview about the effect travel has had on his work. In his most recent paintings, Schnabel returns to these ethnographic subjects. The Indian Paintings reflect his continued interest in the use of cultural imagery as source material, which Schnabel assimilates and translates into his paintings. Since 1976 when Schnabel had his first solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the artist has been the subject of over 100 one-person shows internationally. In January 2004, there will be a major survey of Schnabel’s work on view at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. The exhibition will travel to the Reina Sofia at the Palacio Velasquez, Madrid. Julian Schnabel’s work is in several public collections internationally including: The Art Institute of Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée national d’Art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Britain, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.



2003. PaceWildenstein. Paperback

32 pages: 14 illustrations; 11 ¼ x 10 ¼ inches