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Plate painting by Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel

CVJ, 1985

Oil, plates, and bondo on wood

120 1/2 x 120 1/2 x 15 inches (306.1 x 306.1 x 38.1 cm)

© Julian Schnabel Photo by Phillips

Julian Schnabel’s home/studio/personal art gallery/family compound has a name: Palazzo Chupi. The renowned painter and filmmaker decided to add a few floors of a pink, Venetian-style palazzo to an old stable in the far West Village, outraging some and delighting others. Technically the grand building is a condo, but his son Vito is one of the few other residents, and I would guess that the committee deciding who gets in is made up only of a certain famous artist and nobody else.

The message is clear: It’s Schnabel’s world, people. We’re just living in it.

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