JULIAN SCHNABEL. PAINTINGS 1978 - 2003
After the artist’s first sensational exhibitions in the USA and Europe presented in the 1980s, the works of young Julian Schnabel were hailed as a renaissance of painting – a genre which had been declared dead in the years before. All major collections have purchased his paintings incorporating broken plates and his expressive large-format oil works and collages. With his first film about his friend and painter colleague Jean-Michel Basquiat, Schnabel also made a name for himself as a director and scriptwriter in 1996.
Though Schnabel had been celebrated as a superstar at the beginning of his career, critics contested the multitalented artist’s further development as a painter in the 1990s. Unjustly so, as the first retrospective presented in Germany since 1987 will evince. Comprising more than 50 large-format works and impressive sculptural groups, the exhibition presents a survey of Schnabel’s many-faceted oeuvre of the last twenty-five years and offers a chance to rediscover this outstanding contemporary painter.
Edited by Max Hollein. With a preface by Max Hollein. Essays by Maria de Corral, Robert Fleck, Max Hollein, Ingrid Pfeiffer, and Kevin Power. German/English, ca. 176 pages with ca. 70 color and 100 black and white illustrations, ISBN 3-7757-1386-7, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern.