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Julian Schnabel. Art Edition No. 36–135 ‘11-Color Archival Print’

Edition of 100
Hardcover in clamshell box, 13 x 17.3 in., 7.83 kg (17.23 lb), 570 pages, numbered and signed by Julian Schnabel; with an original artwork, ‘The Fall of Tyll’, 2020, 11-color archival pigment print on 310g cotton paper, signed by the artist
US$ 6,000
Julian Schnabel makes art out of life. He uses everyday materials in paintings that carry a rich sense of history, he directs movies that paint portraits of artists and other heroes, and he builds his own dream of a Venetian palace in New York. This art edition of TASCHEN’s oversize limited-edition monograph, made in close collaboration with the artist, comes with an exclusive archival pigment print, for which Schnabel has painted on a map of the world from 1795, opening a dialog with the past and speaking to his own unending sense of discovery.

Art Edition (No. 36–135), numbered and signed by Julian Schnabel, with the original artwork The Fall of Tyll, 2020, signed by the artist

Life on the Big Canvas

The art of Julian Schnabel
“I want my life to be in my work, crushed into my painting like a pressed car. If it’s not, my work is just some stuff.” Julian Schnabel said this on the eve of his first solo exhibition in New York in 1979 that made him an overnight success. Since then, he has been synonymous with painting’s return to new relevance. Schnabel finds his materials in the fabric of the everyday. His plate paintings use broken crockery to form an improbable picture, ground in everyday materials, while he also paints on velvet, market stall covers, army tarps, kabuki theater backdrops, and boxing ring floors—materials that lend their history to a painterly exploration, often discovered on his travels or around his outdoor studios.

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.

This art edition, copies no. 36–135 of the book, comes with an exclusive signed 11-color archival pigment print by Julian Schnabel. The motif continues his series of map drawings, which he started in the early 1980s. To this day, this series continues his objective approach of depicting the earth completely intuitively. Here Schnabel has painted over a map of the world’s Western and Eastern Hemispheres on a print from 1795 after French cartographer Jean-Baptiste d’Anville, originally published as a copperplate engraving in Vienna. In his treatment of the map, Schnabel opens a dialogue with the past which speaks to his own unending sense of discovery.

Art Edition (No. 36–135), numbered and signed by Julian Schnabel, with the original artwork The Fall of Tyll, 2020, signed by the artist. Also available in another Art Edition (No. 1–35), with a cover individually overpainted by the artist, and as a signed Collector’s Edition (No. 136-1.135).
The editor

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. 36–135 ‘11-Color Archival Print’
Edition of 100
Hardcover in clamshell box, 13 x 17.3 in., 7.83 kg (17.23 lb), 570 pages, numbered and signed by Julian Schnabel; with an original artwork, ‘The Fall of Tyll’, 2020, 11-color archival pigment print on 310g cotton paper, signed by the artist
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