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Julian Schnabel

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

Julian Schnabel is pursuing his sentimental education further into an area that might be called the miscegenated sublime. He is a Jew with a crush on Catholicism, a New York schoolboy with a crush on Europe. He is an academician whose academy is made up of potentially any major precedent, immediate or remote. Cimabue, Théodore Géricault, Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Michael Tracy, and Robert Motherwell in particular were some of the many cameo presences sniffed or glimpsed in this show, but, as has been clear for some time now, Schnabel’s “cast” is as mutable as it is grand, assuring that his work must be considered not merely derivative but rather the product of a compulsive lechering after culture—culture in general, and any of its offspring strong enough to sound the loud gong.

This priapic state has long beset America’s offspring. Motherwell went to Europe

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