Julian Schnabel is currently showing at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 is a dozen or so large abstract works, some billboard sized, from 25 years ago. No plates but plenty of big gestural marks that rely on chance and accident, with a bit of texture, some collage, and text thrown in for good measure. I still think the best thing Julian Schnabel has done is the Jean Michel Basquiat movie.
Here’s a couple of images from the exhibition, but to get a better sense of the paintings watch the video below by James Kalm.
“A lot of what I do is about being in the moment…The residue of what happens; that’s what’s in the paintings.”
Here’s the James Kalm video review of the exhibition. I really like his reviews as they’re raw and give you a feeling of being at the exhibition. He looks at the works like an artist would and his commentary is generally interesting. His Youtube channel is worth subscribing to if you’re not already.
Also, to get an idea of how Schnabel works, see this Nowness video below. It’s an excerpt of “In the Course of Seven Days” by Porfirio Munoz and shows the artist working in his outdoor studio, talking about his art.
View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 by Julian Schnabel is at the Gagosian Gallery in New York at 555 West 24th Street until the 24th of May. See more details from the gallery website here.