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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Julian Schnabel

b. 1951, USA

Schnabel’s mythic, often controversial career is rooted in his ability to morph and change using a vast alchemy of sources and materials composed and distributed across surface and support in defiance of the very notions of moderation, rationality, and order. His baroque attitude is embodied in audaciously scaled paintings that, over the course of time, have combined oil painting and collage techniques; classical pictorial elements inspired by historical art and neo-expressionist features; abstraction and figuration. Tackling appropriately expansive themes such as sexuality, obsession, suffering, redemption, death, and belief, he has employed a diversity of found materials including broken plates, diverse textiles such as Kabuki theater backdrops, tarpaulins, and velvet; a plethora of images, names, and fragments of language; as well as thickly applied paint, viscous resin, and digital reproduction.

Schnabel lives and works in New York City and Montauk, Long Island.

Featured Artworks

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Untitled (BEZ) by Julian Schnabel contemporary artwork Julian SchnabelUntitled (BEZ), 2011 Mixed technique
160 x 111 cm
Templon
Ascension IV by Julian Schnabel contemporary artwork Julian SchnabelAscension IV, 2015 Inkjet print, ink, and spray paint on polyester
213.4 x 158.8 x 5.1 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Untitled (Chinese) by Julian Schnabel contemporary artwork Julian SchnabelUntitled (Chinese), 2011 Oil and resin on polyester
228.5 x 203 cm
Templon
Untitled (BEZ) by Julian Schnabel contemporary artwork Julian SchnabelUntitled (BEZ), 2008 Mixed technique
208 x 147 cm
Templon
Walt Whitman (Frozen Lake) by Julian Schnabel contemporary artwork Julian SchnabelWalt Whitman (Frozen Lake), 2016 Gesso, ink on printed paper
78.75 x 59.02 cm
Almine Rech Gallery
Untitled by Julian Schnabel contemporary artwork Julian SchnabelUntitled, 2016 Oil, spray paint, on canvas with paper collage
59.88 x 42.91 inches
Almine Rech Gallery
Untitled by Julian Schnabel contemporary artwork Julian SchnabelUntitled, 2017 Painted bronze with velvet cushion
45.5 x 22.5 x 27 inches
Almine Rech Gallery
Untitled (Chinese) by Julian Schnabel contemporary artwork Julian SchnabelUntitled (Chinese), 2011 Inkjet print, oil, resin on polyester
108 x 83 cm
Blum & Poe

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, By Fire, Ceramic Works at Almine Rech Gallery, New York
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31 October–15 December 2018 Group Exhibition By Fire, Ceramic Works Almine Rech Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now, 1981-2018 at Almine Rech Gallery, London
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2 October–17 November 2018 Group Exhibition A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now, 1981-2018 Almine Rech Gallery, London

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Julian Schnabel Ocula Conversation Julian Schnabel Artist, USA

Julian Schnabel is a legend more than he is a man, known for his voracious appetites, his larger-than-life personality, and his seemingly limitless capacity to explore a range of creative activities successfully: from painter, to film director, to furniture designer, to sculptor, to architect. As a painter and since the 1980s, when he first...

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In Related Press

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Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit Related Press Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit Hyperallergic : 20 October 2018

LONDON—In 1981, the Royal Academy of Arts in London put on an exhibition of 20th century painting that changed the art world. A New Spirit in Painting was 'a manifesto,' the accompanying catalogue said; it showcased a set of contemporary, mostly European painters, whose work possessed qualities—figurative, narrative, emotional,...

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A year in the life of Julian Schnabel Related Press A year in the life of Julian Schnabel GQ : 15 May 2018

The famous artist and award-winning filmmaker Julian Schnabel really does not like to give interviews. It’s not that he’s shy or retiring – quite the opposite, in fact – but he’s been laying bare his feelings through his vast, expressive paintings for four decades and he doesn’t see why he needs to keep on explaining himself.

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The Spirit of Painting in an Altered World Related Press The Spirit of Painting in an Altered World Hyperallergic : 12 May 2018

'A faint, beautiful memory' is how curator Norman Rosenthal described A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now, 1981-2018, the current show at Almine Rech Gallery on the Upper East Side. What he’s remembering, as spelled out in the exhibition’s title, is the seminal survey, A New Spirit in Painting, which opened, barely, at the Royal Academy of Arts in...

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Julian Schnabel: Re-Reading at Almine Rech Gallery (New York) Related Press Julian Schnabel: Re-Reading at Almine Rech Gallery (New York) Arte Fuse : 24 September 2017

The title of the exhibition, Re-Reading refers to works on paper; reproduced found images on cardboard, reproductions of wallpaper that have been recycled and reenlisted serving as a palimpsest and ground for a stasis where anything can occur; two chairs, and spray painted Plexiglas works that cover found enlarged photos from a book on Ernest...

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