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Julian Schnabel

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9780810946330: Julian Schnabel

A collection of more than three hundred definitive pieces, many previously unpublished, demonstrates the artist's range and is complemented by text drawn from interviews, essays, and notes that offer insight into his views about art and life. 20,000 first printing.

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Julian Schnabel burst on the neo-expressionist art scene of the early 1980s with huge, arresting paintings on collaged shards of smashed plates. A swaggering and contentious figure whose art no longer occupies center stage, he is probably best known today as a successful filmmaker. All the more reason, perhaps, for him to shore up his reputation by co-designing a mammoth book of his life and art. Julian Schnabel dispenses with commentary, except for the artist's own brief, broad-brushed introduction. Even the titles of his works are relegated to the illustrated index, which--despite Schnabel's proclivity for unconventional surfaces--omits any mention of media. Nearly 400 full-color reproductions trace Schnabel's output from 1976 to the present, interspersed with photographs of the artist, his family, and off-camera moments from the making of Before Night Falls, his film about the gay Cuban writer Reynaldo Arenas. Of course, all the famous Schnabel preoccupations are on full view, from the persistent references to Catholic ritual to the phallic imagery and the invocations of his wife Olantz. The newest mega-series, "Big Girl Paintings"--each face featuring a horizontal swipe of paint in lieu of eyes—-seems a hollow echo of the lively portraits of friends and family from the 1980s and 1990s. But die-hard Schnabel devotees will adore this lavish volume, which accompanies an international traveling exhibition that opens in January 2004 at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany. (U.S. venues have not been announced.) —Cathy Curtis

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Julian Schnabel's paintings, sculptures, and works on paper have been the subject of retrospective exhibitions at The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Tate Gallery, London; The Whitechapel Gallery, London; The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museo De Monterrey, Mexico; The Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; The Foundation Joan Miro, Barcelona; and Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy. His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Guggenheim Museums, New York and Bilbao; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Gallery, London; The Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo; The Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; The National Gallery, Washington D.C.; and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. In addition to his success in the fine arts, Schnabel is also the writer and director of the feature film Basquiat (1996) and director of the critically acclaimed Before Night Falls (2001). He lives in New York City.

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