Julian Schnabel’s Accattone is on display for a limited time as part of the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Art and Film.
Schnabel states, “Films become part of who you are, the way that books you read or the paintings you see become a part of who you are.” This painting speaks to the influence of Italian cinema on Schnabel’s work, as does the adjacent Shoeshine (for Vittorio de Sica). Accattone, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s acclaimed debut film from 1961, is a graphic portrayal of a scrounging, self-absorbed pimp surviving within a postwar realm of darkness and death. The film launched Pasolini’s reputation for combining gritty realism and stark visuals to tell emotionally powerful stories. Schnabel’s explicit reference to the film shows his desire to use painting to respond to the cinematic images of passion, blood and desperation that continue to play in his own imagination long after the film has ended.
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