Julian Schnabel – Deus Ex Machina
58 pages, 23.5 x 32.5 cm , 587 g.
Julian Schnabel – Deus Ex Machina
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With each successive series Julian Schnabel has steering effortlessly clear of mainstream painting. What began in 1978 with the ­fragmentation of the surface via plate pieces glued onto wood ­panels has since developed into a constantly reinvented conjunction of generously ­applied materials, ­materials often alien to painting, and bold marriages of ­pic­tures and surfaces.

Interestingly, at the same time, we see in his pictures from the 1970s reflective­ness that characterizes the paint­ings of Sigmar Polke and ­Gerhard ­Richter. And yet Julian Schnabel, a graduate of the Whitney Program in New York, also brings to his work the kind of clarity and ­ex­pansive­ness that the artist Donald Judd, whose studio Schnabel visit­ed ­during his stay at the Whitney Program, once brought to mini­malist sculpture.

The collisions in Schnabel’s pic­tures are mostly those of unrelated motifs, lines and bands of ­colour. This event character lends them an innate dramatic tension. Julian Schnabel may, since his heartfelt filmic portrait about fellow artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1996), have enjoyed greater worldwide exposure as a film ­director, but he remains the contemporary ­painter in whose work the dia­logue between the apparent omni­potence of ­modern visual media and the continuous develop­­ment of painterly techniques is most accur­at­ely and decisively repre­sented.
EditorContemporary Fine Arts Berlin
LanguageGerman, English
Author(s)Robert Fleck
Type of bookExhib'publication
Museum / PlaceContemporary Fine Arts Berlin
Article IDart-59255
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