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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