Inspired by the roses growing in the cemetery near Vincent van Gogh’s grave in Auvers-sur-Oise, Julian Schnabel: New Plate Paintings emphasizes the complex intersection of disarray and cohesiveness found in tragedy. This trope is clearly displayed via the seemingly collective nature of the various works, coupled with the broken ceramics used to create the top layer of canvas for the paintings.
The plate paintings are reminiscent of Schnabel’s earlier works of the 1970s and 1980s, in which he previously described how “the plates seemed to have a sound, the sound of every violent human tragedy, an anthropomorphic sense of things being smeared and thrown…I wanted to make something that was exploding as much as I wanted to make something that was cohesive” (Schnabel, 1978).
Schnabel’s return to the Pace Gallery coincides with Julian Schnabel Plate Paintings 1978-86 at the Aspen Art Museum, as well as the first artist curated exhibition of the year at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado.
Written by Camron intern Chandler Scyocurka