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April 15, 2014

Julian Schnabel: In The Course of Seven Days

A Rare Look Inside the Artist's Home Studio as He Opens His First US Museum Show Since the 1980s

Julian Schnabel’s bold, appropriative style has polarized critical opinion since he burst onto the New York art scene in the late 1970s, becoming one of America’s most famous living painters. His reputation as an artist was almost eclipsed by his success as a film director, with credits including Basquiat and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, for which he won the Palme D’Or. Porfirio Munoz’s documentary In The Course of Seven Days is timely: currently showing at the Dallas Contemporary—his first US museum show since the 1980s—and with two solo exhibitions coming up, the controversial Brooklyn-born painter is back in vogue. “This show is a capsule of what happened, a selection of paintings from the past 10 years, more or less,” says Schnabel of Every Angel Has a Dark Side, which opens at the Dairy Art Centre in London on 25 April. “It's a continuum of ways that I have made marks, used materials and created images.” 

Seven things that Julian Schnabel is excited about this spring:
1. Seeing my son.
2. Meeting all those fresh new people that are waiting to meet me.
3. Watching the buds turn into flowers.
4. Getting in the water.
5. Surfing.
6. Seeing these paintings hanging in all of these different places and seeing how people react to them.
7. Hanging around with my friends.
And everything else. 

Every Angel Has a Dark Side runs at The Dairy Art Centre from April 25 through July 27 2014. View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 opens at the Gagosian Gallery, NY on April 17 - May 31. Julian Schnabel: An Artist Has A Past (Puffy Clouds and Strong Cocktails) is at the Dallas Contemporary until 10 August.

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Liu Xiaodong: Half Street

Sophie Fiennes Shadows the Chinese Neorealist Painter as London Becomes His Muse

Filmmaker Sophie Fiennes secures an intimate and charming exploration of the creative processes behind Liu Xiaodong’s figurative work in this excerpt from her 40-minute study of the pioneering artist. A keen documentarian and former actor, Liu, who is married to fellow painter Yu Hong, took up a six-week artist residency at two pubs—including The Perseverance, which features in today’s extract—and a Middle Eastern restaurant in London’s Marylebone, creating eight large-scale acrylic paintings of neighborhood sitters of Polish, French, West Indian and Arab descent. “Facing the realities of life is my favorite way to paint. I would set up my canvas and paint what I witnessed,” says Liu, who graduated from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts after winning a scholarship, forging a radical path within China’s contemporary art scene during the 1990s. Having documented Slavoj Žižek, Grace Jones and Michael Clark, Fiennes followed Liu as he photographed and took notes of his cross-cultural encounters, which marks the artist’s inaugural UK exhibition at London’s Lisson Gallery. 

Liu Xiaodong: Half Street runs September 27 through November 2 at the Lisson Gallery.

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On Collaboration: Tracey Emin x Harland Miller

The Artists Talk the Politics of Pairing Up in the Latest in Our Series With EDITION Hotels

Tracey Emin and Harland Miller, two names synonymous with London’s contemporary art scene, come together in “Dedication,” the latest episode of our series in conjunction with EDITION Hotels, shot by their old friend, the long-time documentarian Johnnie Shand Kydd. “Rather than a collaboration, I see it more as helping each other out,” says Emin. “When I was a younger artist, we all used to do that.” Emin rose to international fame in the late 1990s as one of a new wave of British conceptual artists championed by collector Charles Saatchi, and featured in his seminal exhibition of 1997 Sensation. While Emin and Miller muse on the focused and frequently isolated world that artists inhabit in this video, they also discuss their occasional collaborations with other artists, including each other. Miller has published several novels and become known for his large canvasses depicting satirical, fictional Penguin covers, and in 2008 organized an exhibition, You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil, at London’s White Cube Gallery, where he asked artists as well as Emin to make a work as a response to a particular piece of writing by Edgar Allan Poe. Emin obliterated Miller’s own contribution to their joint work by painting over it, but Miller remained unfazed. “That’s a positive part of collaboration,” says Miller. “You have to take it on the chin.”

Each film in the On Collaboration series has been produced in partnership with EDITION Hotels, a new project between Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels. The London EDITION opened in September 2013.

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