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Julian Schnabel: Six Paintings for Peter Beard

Trees of Home (for Peter Beard) 6, 2020
Oil, plates, bondo on wood
72 x 60 x 9 7/8 inches (182.9 x 152.4 x 25 cm)
© Julian Schnabel Studio; Photo by Tom Powel Imaging; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

At his son Vito’s gallery in St. Moritz, the new series of works inspired by Van Gogh and dedicated to the photographer who recently passed away

Born in New York in 1951, Julian Schnabel is known in the world of art as well as the world of cinema (of his six films, the first and the last are both wonderful portraits of artists: Basquiat from 1966, and Van Gogh – At Eternity’s Gate, with Willem Dafoe, from 2018). We interviewed him via telephone, and the conversation centered around painting, to which he has dedicated himself for the last 40 years with a technique, among others, that has become his trademark: fragments of plates applied to canvases of grand dimensions, called plate paintings. His latest series of works is currently being exhibited at the gallery of one of his six children, Vito Schnabel, in St. Moritz.