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Gagosian Quarterly

January 6, 2015

julian schnabel and john richardson

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Julian Schnabel approached painting as an act as susceptible to chance and circumstance as life itself. In this short film directed by Porfirio Munoz, Schnabel and John Richardson reflect on his early paintings and the 2014 exhibition, View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings 1989–1990.

He’s got no methods. It depends on the day, the circumstances, the puddle on the floor, what trash is found on the way... He has this extraordinary ability... to sort of seize it out of the air, literally, and make it work as a painting.

John Richardson

Julian Schnabel: View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989–1990 at Gagosian West 24th Street, New York, April 17–May 31, 2014.

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