Julian Schnabel

Oko, New York 7 February - 30 March

By Jonathan T.D. Neil

The Patients and the Doctors, 1978, oil, plates, Bondo on wood. Collection of the artist

It’s hard to divorce Julian Schnabel from context. Indeed context is both the curse and blessing that has come to define the artist’s work and career over the last 35 years. That barrel chest! That hair! Those pyjamas! Celeb friends! Montauk! West Village palazzo! Great films! Mary Boone! That hair! Those paintings... Here the exclamation tends to either the terrible or the wonderful, but rarely anything in between.What was it about those paintings that made them so infamous at that…

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