A lot of what I do is about being in the moment…The residue of what happens; that's what's in the paintings.
Gagosian is pleased to present “View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989–1990,” an exhibition of paintings by Julian Schnabel that are being shown in New York for the first time, twenty-five years after they were made.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Schnabel approached painting as an act as susceptible to chance and circumstance as life itself. Working in the wake of American antecedents such as Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly—who brought a certain sense of freedom to bear on their evident romance with European art and aesthetics—Schnabel made audaciously scaled paintings and sculptures whose richly hybrid sources were expressed in an attitude of baroque excess combined with improvisational daring. Broken plates, Kabuki theater backdrops, tarpaulins and boxing mats; thickly applied oil paint, collage, viscous resin, and flat digital reproduction; fragments of text in different languages: these are just some of the diverse materials with which Schnabel engages life's grand themes—sexuality, obsession, suffering, redemption, death, and belief.
For Paintings With and Without Bingo and Ozymandias, executed en plein air on the site of a ruined neoclassical building during a sojourn in Florida, Schnabel used old tarpaulins, sailcloth, and rolls of velvet as grounds on which to render reflections of his immediate surroundings subject to uncontrollable forces, from tropical storms to his dog Bingo's seemingly random but deliberate paw prints. These paintings, and others made in similarly unorthodox conditions in Montauk and San Sebastian, reveal an individualistic interplay between site and mark-making, both intentional and incidental, that eschews pictorial hierarchies of authorship, subject, and style.
Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Harmony Korine, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, Rudolf Stingel, Franz West
June 7–July 18, 2014
555 West 24th Street, New York