‘One Year I Bought All the Purple in New York City’: A Talk With Julian Schnabel
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‘One Year I Bought All the Purple in New York City’: A Talk With Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel photographed in Paris, France on October 20, 2016. “Julian Schnabel: Plate Paintings 1978–86” is on view at Aspen Art Museum until February 19, 2017. Schnabel’s upcoming solo exhibition at the Pace Gallery in New York will run from February 24 through March 25. Bill Powers: We’re looking at new plate paintings in your outdoor studio. One narrative appears to be a woman on the beach wrestling a giant lobster. Julian Schnabel: It’s from an image I found at the Fish Farm in Napeague taped up on their refrigerator. BP: Two other paintings are cropped landscapes with flowers. Does working outside have a direct impact on the imagery? JS: Well, I can turn around, and I’m confronted by nature. You see all the holes between the branches and the way the light hits the leaves. You realize it’s not just one green. It’s a million different versions of green and the organized chaos of nature. BP: To me, your new flower paintings hover between the feeling of a Japanese garden and Monet’s water lilies. JS: These flowers are in the graveyard where van Gogh is buried. The black and white marks are from the wall behind it, the […]

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