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Plate painting of St. Francis by Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel

St. Francis in Ecstasy, 1980
Oil, plates, bondo on wood
96h x 84w x 12d in
© Julian Schnabel Studio; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Known for everything from large-scale paintings on broken ceramics (also referred to as "broken plate paintings") to documentaries and films like BasquiatJulian Schnabel's career as an artist will seemingly never end. Many of his children are following him into the art world, including Vito Schnabel, who curated his first exhibition at age 16 in 2003. Since then, Vito has become a recognizable curator and art dealer. Until last week, however, he never had a physical space to call his own. On December 28, 2015, Vito opened Vito Schnabel Gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland with an inaugural exhibition of works by Urs Fischer. Entitled "Bruno and Yoyo," the show pays homage to Bruno Bischofberger, Vito's mentor and also the man from whom he overtook the gallery space. The gallery works with an impressive roster, including Julian, Fischer, Sterling Ruby, the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Laurie AndersonRene Richard, and more. In honor of the opening of Vito's first gallery (we're guessing there will be more locations to come), we've reprinted an interview with his father from October 1980, the year following his defining show at Mary Boone Gallery.

Art to Art
By Carter Ratcliff

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