“It is, of course, a luxury to create art and, on top of this, to insist on expressing one’s own artistic opinion. Nothing is more luxurious than this. It is a game and a very good game, at least for me; one of the few games which make life, difficult and depressing as it is sometimes, a little more interesting.” (Max Beckmann, 1941).
For at least two reasons this statement can lead into a discussion of the work of Julian Schnabel: first, in its implicit assumption of a special discipline accorded to art; second, in the mixture of sincerity and self-satisfaction allowed the artist. This show indicates the problematic issue of a direct critical approach to Schnabel’s work for the same reasons. The difficulty lies in deciding what of the work is theatricality, and what an effective artistic vision.
What should first be noticed is the mature quietness of Schnabel’s latest paintings, which
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