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Julian Schnabel: Permanently Becoming and the Architecture of Seeing

Written by Sir Norman Rosenthal

  • February 14, 2012
  • Hardcover
  • Art - Individual Artists - Monographs
  • Skira
  • 10-1/2 x 12-1/2
  • $65.00
  • $74.00
  • 978-88-572-1102-2

About This Book

An internationally famous painter, sculptor, and film director, Julian Schnabel stands out for his astonishing metaphoric skills and the overwhelming expressive power that comes through his work.

Well-known for his plate paintings, in reality Schnabel has used an endless number of varied materials and support systems to create his works, including velvet, oilskin, pieces of wood from all over the world, veils, photographs, rugs, tarpaulin, and in general, any flat surface that inspires his creative processes. 

This retrospective illustrates that his poetics are strongly inspired by Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly but also based on the European and Mediterranean tradition in that it evokes the style of the old Italian and Spanish masters—such as El Greco and Tintoretto—and reinterprets literary and cultural references that are ancient and modern, from Homer to Aeschylus to the art of the great masters such as Giotto, Goya, Antoni Gaudí, and Pablo Picasso. 

Published to accompany a major exhibition in Venice, this catalog includes important works such as Painting for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo from 2006, The Sea from 1981, St. Francis in Ecstasy from 1980, Portrait of Rula from 2010, Arrowhead (Bez) from 2010, and The Atlas Mountains from 2008.

About the Author

Sir Norman Rosenthal is a curator and writer. He was appointed Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy in 1977, where he stayed for 30 years, overseeing loan exhibitions and working with distinguished curators.

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