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Julian Schnabel: Paintings for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo Bertolucci (Audio)

November 10th, 2010

Julian Schnabel’s Painting for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo Bertolucci (V) and Painting for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo Bertolucci (VI) are on display for a limited time as part of the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Art and Film.

These two paintings are dedicated to two seemingly divergent personalities: Malik Joyeux, a professional surfer, and Bernardo Bertolucci, a renowned Italian filmmaker. With this title, Schnabel links the artistry and risk-taking of filmmaking to surfing, another one of his passions.

Like film, surfing has been a visual thread throughout Schnabel’s artistic practice. Water and surfing act as a metaphor for freedom of the imagination. In his film Basquiat (1996), the title character looks upward and sees surfers streaming across the sky in Technicolor. When Jean-Do, the paralyzed protagonist of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), realizes he still has the beautiful power of his mind, he sees himself surfing massive waves. These paintings are a meditation on the beauty of human life as embodied by three of Schnabel’s passions: art, film and surfing.

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Painting for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo Bertolucci (V)

Julian Schnabel
Painting for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo Bertolucci (V), 2006
gesso and ink on polyester
20 x 15 feet
Courtesy of the artist

Painting for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo Bertolucci (VI)

Julian Schnabel
Painting for Malik Joyeux and Bernardo Bertolucci (VI), 2006
gesso and ink on polyester
15′ x 20′
Courtesy of the artist