Julian Schnabel, ‘Best Buddies’, 1992, Alpha 137 Gallery

This impressive Schnabel work (measuring 57" high) was created in 1992 for the benefit of Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization that assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the charity has sold editions of this work for US $5,000. It features the artist's characteristic expressionistic brushstrokes set against an altered photograph. Examining expressivity and a strong hold on the exuberance of pre-abstraction, Julian Schnabel’s contemporary works can be said to be studies in iconoclastic intent. His canvases are routinely fitted with engrossing ornament, as a blatant rejection of the minimalist asceticism of the 1970s. A strong impression. Unframed.

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Signature: Signed and numbered from the edition of 90 on the recto (front)

Publisher: Best Buddies

Best Buddies.

About Julian Schnabel

Filmmaker and Neo-expressionist artist Julian Schnabel’s large-scale paintings are materially and thematically monumental, drawing on a wealth of influences from Cubism to the practice of Cy Twombly and themes such as sexuality, obsession, suffering, redemption, death, and belief. Crowded with paint drips, dynamic brushstrokes, and found materials including broken plates, textiles, tarpaulins, and velvet, many of Schnabel’s paintings combine painting and collage techniques. Of his many portraits, perhaps the best known is the oil on velvet Portrait of Andy Warhol (1982), in which the almost translucent subject shares the canvas with a Pollock-esque splatter of paint.

American, b. 1951, Brooklyn, New York, based in New York, New York