Julian Schnabel. Art Edition No. 1–35 ‘Overpainted cover’Edition of 35Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm (13 x 17.3 in.), 7.83 kg (17.23 lb), 570 pages, numbered and signed by Julian Schnabel; with a cover individually overpainted by the artist20000Edition: English, French, German
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Art Edition (No. 1–35), numbered and signed by Julian Schnabel, each with a cover individually overpainted by the artist
Julian Schnabel. Art Edition No. 1–35 ‘Overpainted cover’20000
Life on the Big Canvas
The art of Julian Schnabel
Place is important to Schnabel, both when he is creating the works, and when installing them in specific sites that add their own rich history to the layers of meaning. His art knows no distinction between abstract and figurative, but sometimes the figurative shapes find their own lives in sculptures that transpose the paintings into space as raw, seemingly time-worn artifacts. Meanwhile, Schnabel has become famous as a movie director, creating six films to date, including Basquiat (1996), which offered an inside view of the New York art scene of the late 1970s and ‘80s and an intimate portrait of its title star; The Diving Bell and Butterfly (2007), a portrait of a man with locked-in syndrome refusing to give up that won Schnabel two Golden Globes; and the van Gogh portrait At Eternity’s Gate (2018), a testament to the spirit of creativity.
The complete range of Schnabel’s work is now portrayed in unprecedented depth in this limited-edition book, made in close collaboration with the artist, who selected the works and designed the cover. The texts were contributed by friends and collaborators: Laurie Anderson draws a close portrait of the artist; in three art-historical essays, Éric de Chassey discusses the paintings, Bonnie Clearwater the sculpture, and Max Hollein the site-specific work; Donatien Grau writes on the Palazzo Chupi, the artist’s dream of a Venetian palace in New York’s West Village; while the novelist Daniel Kehlmann explores his cinematic oeuvre. This fittingly oversized edition allows you to study the surfaces and the many painterly incidents, offering the most generous opportunity to experience Schnabel’s art outside of meeting it in person.
For this art edition, copies no. 1–35 of the book, Schnabel has individually overpainted each cover by hand, in two different versions. For a part of the edition he painted over an enlarged section of the original cover motif, a detail from his series of plate paintings inspired by a field of flowers near van Gogh’s grave. The second version comes on a white cover, treating the book like a canvas for an abstract composition. Both versions follow Schnabel’s central artistic strategy of working on found materials, here taking his own review of his work as a picture ground for new explorations.
Art Edition (No. 1–35), numbered and signed by Julian Schnabel, each with a cover individually overpainted by the artist.
Louise Kugelberg is an interior designer born in Sweden, who has refurbished 18th-century buildings housing private art collections, worked collaboratively to design luxury boutique hotels, and constructed a massive portable pavilion tent out of recycled ocean plastic for Parley for the Oceans. Over the past five years, she has worked extensively with Julian Schnabel, designing exhibition spaces and catalogs as well as co-writing and editing the film At Eternity’s Gate. She lives and works in New York.
Julian Schnabel. Art Edition No. 1–35 ‘Overpainted cover’Edition of 35Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm (13 x 17.3 in.), 7.83 kg (17.23 lb), 570 pages, numbered and signed by Julian Schnabel; with a cover individually overpainted by the artist
ISBN 978-3-8365-8167-7Edition: English, French, German
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