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New York

Julian Schnabel

The Sad Lament of the Brave, Let the Wind Speak and Other Paintings

Past
Sep 18–Oct 24, 2020

Painted in Montauk, Julian Schnabel's latest large-scale works embrace the irregular shapes of their supports—fabric that covered a fruit market in Mexico.

Exhibition Details

Julian Schnabel
The Sad Lament of the Brave, Let the Wind Speak and Other Paintings
Sep 18 – Oct 24, 2020

Gallery

510 West 25th Street
New York

Above: Installation view, Julian Schnabel: The Sad Lament of the Brave, Let the Wind Speak and Other Paintings, Sep 18 – Oct 24, 2020, Pace Gallery, New York © Julian Schnabel

We're pleased to present The Sad Lament of the Brave, Let the Wind Speak and Other Paintings, a solo exhibition of new and recent works by Julian Schnabel. Featuring eleven recent paintings by the artist, six of which have not been previously exhibited, the exhibition builds upon Schnabel's spring presentation with the gallery.

Painted in Montauk, Julian Schnabel’s latest large-scale works embrace the irregular shapes of their supports—fabric that covered a fruit market in Mexico. These works catalogue the possibilities of how and what to paint, revealing a new way of looking at the world that blurs the line between representation and configuration. As Nares explains, “These paintings represent the evidence of their own autonomy. They are metaphoric in an open way, not to interpretation as image but as underlying principles and facets of nature.”

Weather-beaten fabrics provide a temporal point of departure. “Julian is drawn to surfaces and objects that show their own history—scuffed-up cardboard, the discarded sails of sailing ships, Kabuki theater backdrops…he thinks of them as ‘opportunities’—calls them ‘veils of time.’”

Painted with marks Nares refers to as “a kind of mapping of the mind,” the works evoke volcanoes, rock formations, ocean waves, deserts, outer space, all rendered in emotive indigo blues, blood reds, pale pinks and olive greens—eternity. Once a utilitarian object, the fabric ground contains traces of its past life and the perfection of the coincidental opening a window into both our world and one imagined in dense paint. “The paintings are full of dynamic surprises…Small fire, a prism, and a window-like opening in a place with no wall, blue sky beyond…”

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Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel 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.

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New York — Julian Schnabel, The Sad Lament of the Brave, Let the Wind Speak and Other Paintings, Sep 18–Oct 24, 2020