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Julian Schnabel (SIGNED)

Schnabel, Julian; Barzel, Amnon; McEvilley, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 8885191002 / ISBN 13: 9788885191006
Published by Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Prato, Prato, 1989
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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SIGNED and inscrbed with black marker by Julian Schnabel on the full-page photograph of the artist opposite title page. 159 pages. Numerous illustrations. With an essay in English and Italian by Thomas McEvilley. Published in conjunction with the exhibition curated by Amnon Barzel in 1989. Tight binding, clean and crisp pages. A touch of very light shelf wear to very slightly rubbed wraps, with a minor(!) tear to bottom of spine, otherwise an excellent copy. Scarce signature!. Bookseller Inventory # 06611

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Title: Julian Schnabel (SIGNED)

Publisher: Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Prato, Prato

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Artist

Edition: First Edition

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In English and in German, 8 x 12 inches, color and black and white illustrated, approx. 75 pages

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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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