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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