WALLSE: About the Art
Schnabel is a very famous American film producer and painter, who lives across the street in the rose house. He is a regular (PPX/VIP) of Wallse and a friend of Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner. Schnabel painted the portrait of Kurt Gutenbrunner and became famous with his Art Collection and his films all over the world.
It was with his first solo show, at the Mary Boone Gallery in 1979, however, that Schnabel would truly come to be regarded as a major new force in the art world. He participated at the Venice Biennale in 1980, and by the mid-1980s had become a major figure in the Neo-expressionism movement. By the time he exhibited his work in a show jointly organized by Boone and Leo Castelli in 1981, he had become firmly established. His now famous “plate paintings”—large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates—received a boisterous and critical reception from the art world. A reputation for making brash pronouncements about his importance to the art world – “I’m the closest thing to Picasso that you’ll see in this fucking life” – engendered contempt from both colleagues and the viewing public. Schnabel is currently represented by The Pace Gallery in New York.
Schnabel’s signature works contain an underlying edge of brutality, while remaining suffused with compositional energy. Schnabel claims that he’s aiming at an emotional state, a state that people can literally walk into and be engulfed.