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Julian Schnabel’s Jane Birkin #2 (Audio)

October 13th, 2010

Julian Schnabel’s Jane Birkin #2 is on display for a limited time as part of the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Art and Film.

Why Jane Birkin? Because of her luminous appearance in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966), the iconic film that defined swinging London. And because of her talent as a songstress, performing sultry duets with French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. For Schnabel her name is a code, letters to be written out in paint, to evoke memories, intrigue, passion, a melody. This work is part of a series of enormous works, all painted on reclaimed Egyptian sails. It is a testament to memory, as Schnabel transforms a used expanse of fabric into a remembrance of a perfect feeling at a perfect moment in time, sensed through watching a film or hearing a song and visualized through painting.

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Julian Schnabel's Jane Birkin #2

Julian Schnabel
born New York City, New York, United States, 1951
Jane Birkin #2
1990
oil and gesso on sailcloth
Courtesy of Julian Schnabel

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