[October 23 2015]
Julian Schnabel’s current exhibition at Almine Rech, “Jack Climbs Up The Beanstalk to the Sky of Illimitableness Where Everything Went Backwards” presents itself as a mini-retrospective of sorts: a collection of just over half-a-dozen paintings ranging from 1986-2015. Schnable dishes out three large-scale paintings, immaculately hung and brazenly rendered in large brushstrokes of sombre lilac, like antiquated or grandmotherly Chris Wool’s; one café-au-lait coloured canvas boasting the single word: VIRTUE; three trippy and manually touched up inkjet prints of teddybear-adorned mountain goats atop majestic hillsides; and, finally, to top it all off, two recent digital collages, finished with blind and virile sprays of rosy aerosol paints. Walking through, I guess it reads a bit like a rebus, reminding the viewer that there is still virtue in abstraction, especially when it hinges on the absurd.
Text and photo Sabrina Tarasoff