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Julian Schnabel’s Brando (Audio)

October 20th, 2010

Julian Schnabel’s Untitled (Brando) is on display for a limited time as part of the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Art and Film.

Marlon Brando (1924–2004) is another movie figure who looms large in the psyche of Schnabel – from Brando’s early tour de force performances in such films as The Fugitive Kind and On the Waterfront, where themes of alienation and otherness are explored, to seminal character roles in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. Here Schnabel chose to work with images of Brando on the set of the 1968 psychedelic cult classic Candy. “I love Marlon Brando. I loved him as an actor,” Schnabel explains. “I felt so much, such a connection to him. To watch him through his life and endure tragedies in his life, the light that shined out of this guy and the loneliness that engulfed him later.” In homage to the late actor, Schnabel bought a pair of Brando’s boxing gloves at auction, and hung them in his lead character’s hospital room in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

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Julian Schnabel's Brando

Julian Schnabel
born New York City, New York, United States, 1951
Untitled (Brando)
2008
spray paint, resin and ink on polyester
Courtesy of Julian Schnabel

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