Title: Julian Schnabel
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Publication Date: 2003
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 367 p. Contains: Illustrations. This is Schnabel on Schnabel. He wrote, designed and produced this fine artist/art book. Includes 450 illustrations with 430 in color. A superb collection. A highly collectible book. Fine in fine dust jacket. A fine condition copy. First edition. First Edition, First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.00010000800
Synopsis: Designed by Julian Schnabel, this volume presents more than 300 of the artist's works - many never exhibited or published before. Beginning with Schnabel's earliest sketches and paintings from the late-1960s, the book moves on to his rise to the top of the art world of the 1980s, with works such as "Portrait of Andy Warhol" from 1982 (one of many critically acclaimed broken-plate paintings included here) and "Pope Clement of Rome" from 1987. The book then covers Schnabel's later paintings, including the massively scaled "Big Girls" series, and work in photography, sculpture and film. More artist scrapbook than monograph, the book's text consists of telling excerpts from Schnabel's own interviews, essays and notes, along with works of poetry and fiction that have inspired his work.
Review: 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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