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Installation view of some new paintings by Schnabel

VICTORIA HELY-HUTCHINSON FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE

“A long time ago, I had a show at the Whitney. Was I excited about that? Yeah, I was. Does it matter now? No.”

The artist Julian Schnabel was driving in Troncones, Mexico, near where he has a home, when the pink fabric roof of a makeshift toy store caught his eye. “I found that material to look like a painting,” he says, “So I stopped and bought the roof of the guy’s store and stretched it between some palm trees.”

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