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Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel in conversation with Max Hollein
Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
19 April 2018, 6:00 - 8:30pm

Julian Schnabel, Untitled, 2016. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging © Julian Schnabel Studio
Julian Schnabel, Untitled, 2016. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging © Julian Schnabel Studio

Join us for a conversation between celebrated painter Julian Schnabel and Max Hollein, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, on the occasion of his site-specific installation of paintings made for the Legion of Honor's grand Court of Honor.

Since 1977, Julian Schnabel (b. 1951) has captured people’s imagination with paintings that speak to his incessant appetite for sculptural physicality, material diversity, and pictorial symbolism that have resulted in ever more audaciously scaled paintings that oscillate between abstraction and figuration.

Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco


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Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life (solo show)
Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
19 April - 5 August 2018

Julian Schnabel's studio in Montauk, 2017. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging © Julian Schnabel Studio
Julian Schnabel's studio in Montauk, 2017. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging © Julian Schnabel Studio

Since 1977, Julian Schnabel (b. 1951) has captured people’s imagination with paintings that speak to his incessant appetite for sculptural physicality, material diversity, and pictorial symbolism that have resulted in ever more audaciously scaled paintings that oscillate between abstraction and figuration. The exhibition Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life will feature a new body of work created for the Legion’s Court of Honor. At twenty-four by twenty-four feet, the paintings are both monumental in scale and ephemeral in nature. Exposed to the elements over the four-month run of the exhibition, they aren’t meant to last and as such, in the artist’s words, "epitomize much of what are the essential characteristics of the smallest and most nascent proposals of how imagery drawing and material could be called a painting." In addition, Schnabel will show eight paintings from three distinct bodies of work including a new series of abstractions on Mexican sack linen, as well as examples from the Goat Paintings (begun in 2012) and the Jane Birkin series (1990).

Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco