Julian Schnabel

United States of America, 1951

A leading figure of the neo-expressionism movement in the 1980’s, Julian Schnabel was recognized for his large “plate paintings” of broken crockery collaged onto a canvas. His personality became an integral part of his work, turning everything into art with boundaryless imagination. As an artist and filmmaker, he claims that he is aspiring at an “emotional state, a state where people can literally walk into and be engulfed by”. Filled with raw feeling, his works hold a subtle edge of violence while being driven with untamable energy.

Born in 1951, Schnabel earned a BA of Fine Arts from the University of Houston, Texas in 1973 followed by a year at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Schnabel toured Europe before settling in New York City. He received numerous retrospective exhibitions in museums, such as: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1982; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1987; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 1987; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1987; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, 1989; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, 1989; Palais des Beaux- Arts, Brussels, 1989; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1989; Museo De Monterrey, Mexico, 1994; Foundation Joan Miró, Barcelona, 1995; Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy, 1996; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2004; and Mostra d’Oltremare, Napoli, 2004.

His work has been exhibited and included in numerous public collections: the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Guggenheim Museums, New York and Bilbao; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Gallery, London; Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo; Reina Sofi a Museum, Madrid; National Gallery, Washington D.C.; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Kunstmuseum, Basel; and the Foundation Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg. In 2007, Schnabel was nominated best Director at both the Cannes Film Festival and at the Golden Globes for the motion picture The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Julian Schnabel lives and works in New York and San Sebastían, Spain.

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