Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
Inspired by the roses growing in the cemetery near Van Gogh’s grave in France, Julian Schnabel’s New Plate Paintings celebrates the artist’s first solo show since his return to the gallery.
In his notes from 1978, Schnabel reflected on his thought process for his first plate paintings:
“The plates seemed to have a sound, the sound of every violent human tragedy, an anthropomorphic sense of things being smeared and thrown…I wanted to make something that was exploding as much as I wanted to make something that was cohesive.”
In New Plate Paintings, Schnabel continues to fragment the plates, but rather than using them to disrupt the picture plane, he incorporates each piece to create a homogeneous surface that recalls the rhythm of nature.