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Julian Schnabel: Resurrection: Albert Finney meets Malcolm Lowry, Painting for Mickey Rourke for his Performance in Rumble Fish and Procession (For Jean Vigo)

December 15th, 2010

Julian Schnabel’s Resurrection: Albert Finney meets Malcolm Lowry, Painting for Mickey Rourke for his Performance in Rumble Fish and Procession (For Jean Vigo) are on display for a limited time as part of the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Art and Film.

From the beginning, Julian Schnabel’s painting has embraced, reflected upon and at times explicitly celebrated particular films and individual actors, even calling attention to specific performances. Hollywood movies were one of the few forms of visual media that were readily available to Schnabel while growing up in Brooklyn and Texas. As a young artist he viewed everything from mainstream to avant-garde films, and these cinematic experiences conditioned his pictorial sensibility.

These paintings refer to two actors, two films, an author and a film director. In one, Albert Finney, star of the 1984 film Under the Volcano, encounters Malcolm Lowry, the author of the 1947 book upon which the film was based. Another is dedicated to a young Mickey Rourke, for his performance as Motorcycle Boy in Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish. The subject of the third is influential French film director Jean Vigo, who was only 29 when he died. Schnabel painted this work when he himself was on the verge of turning 29.

You can hear the artist discuss his work by downloading the Julian Schnabel: Art and Film Audio Tour, FREE from iTunes.

Resurrection: Albert Finney meets Malcolm Lowry

Schnabel, Julian
Resurrection: Albert Finney meets Malcolm Lowry, 1984
oil, spray paint and modeling paste on velvet
10 x 9 feet
Courtesy of the artist

Painting for Mickey Rourke for his Performance in Rumble Fish

Schnabel, Julian
Painting for Mickey Rourke for his Performance in Rumble Fish, 1984
oil paint on cast aluminum
84 x 72 1/2 inches
Collection of Jon Kilik

Procession (For Jean Vigo)

Schnabel, Julian
Procession (For Jean Vigo), 1979
oil and wax on canvas
110 x 86 inches
Courtesy of the artist