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Paintings and graphics by Julian Schnabel

Osthaus Museum Hagen, Hagen

(c) Julian Schnabel Studio

Julian Schnabel is one of the most sought-after artists of our time. His works are shown on almost every continent in the world. In addition to his painterly, sculptural and cinematic works, graphics play a major role for him. On the one hand, his works include borrowings and links to the Transavanguardia of the 1980s. At the same time, we see wild, expressive pictorial elements that make his intensive connections to Germany's art scene transparent. In 1982 he worked with artists such as Francesco Clemente, Georg Baselitz, Sandro Chia, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Reiner Fetting, Helmut Middendorf, Markus Lüpertz, Anselm Kiefer and many others. invited to the exhibition "Zeitgeist" in Berlin. It was there that his works were presented to a large audience in Germany for the first time.

Julian Schnabel is a visionary who is constantly trying out surprising printing techniques and materials. In his paintings he likes to use plastic tarpaulins, various textiles, as well as uneven surfaces of broken glass or porcelain as carrier material. He also realizes his prints in a similar form. Etchings, collages and lithographs are printed on the most varied of image backgrounds: sometimes it is a velvet fabric, very often it is maps that are interesting for him due to their graphic and painterly structure.

Julian Schnabel processes the images digitally several times, pulls out large sections, paints or writes them again, shifts layers and snippets again. In this way, the cutting table also becomes a dissecting table. In these moments the artist is both a painter and a director.The large-format, monumental-looking works on paper are definitely part of an overall artistic concept. For Julian Schnabel, graphics have the same status as his paintings and three-dimensional objects.

Julian Schnabel stopped his graphic production for around 18 years, from 1999 to the end of 2015. The graphics shown here can therefore be perceived in two categories, from 1983 to 1998 and from 2016 to today. The works of the last few years differ in terms of the image (motif) and the color. Julian Schnabel seems to emphasize one color in particular: violet in different shades of color. The school boards with views of cities and landscapes, which are interpreted by overpainting, also take up space and meaning in the current production.

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