Last Thursday AF attended the opening for View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 by Julian Schnabel at Gagosian Gallery on West 24th street in Chelsea. As soon as I strolled in, I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of these abstract paintings. There is a lot of freedom and expression in this show. Some of these paintings were created in the open air in Florida during a temporary stay by Julian using all kinds of materials like: old tarpaulins, sailcloth, and rolls of velvet. The place was packed and Julian was there with his celebrity friends like Willem Dafoe and Larry Gagosian, the mega gallerist.
I had never been to a solo show by Julian Schnabel, who is one of my favorite painters and directors alive. He was really charming and posed for pictures with guests. Gagosian was also selling his book Draw a Family, which had over 300 pages of his paintings from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. After the show we tried attending another opening but we were so captured by Julian’s paintings that we couldn’t focus and had to leave. There really isn’t much else to see after a Julian Schnabel show.
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NOWNESS.com April 15, 2014
View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 by Julian Schnabel
On View: April 17 – May 31, 2014
555 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
T. 212.741.1111 F. 212.741.9611
Hours: Tue–Sat 10-6
Text by: Jamie Martinez
Photography by: Max Noy Photo
This is the red room located on the west wing of the gallery which was packed. It was the best room of the show and everyone wanted to hang out there including Julian Schnabel and Larry Gagosian.
Actor Willem Dafoe talking to friends; remember that he played the gallery handy man in Basquiat the movie which was directed by Julian Schnabel. He had the best line to Basquiat “you’ll get there!”
Our own photographer Max Noy getting the book Draw a Family signed by Julian Schnabel. It was well worth the $45 plus he was signing them. What a deal!
Even I got into the action and got myself a signed book. He was very nice and it was great meeting him. I really enjoyed the show and highly recommend it.