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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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Data Waterfall

Kaleidoscopic Waves Crash to the Beat in Studio Remote's Hypnotizing Work

Capturing multicolored cascades of digital compression, Data Waterfall is a sublime, sound-reactive film created by Adam Rodgers, whose experimental work has led to commissions for Jake and Dinos Chapman, and longtime collaborator Warp Records. Since developing pioneering online experiences for the British label’s roster including Boards of Canada and Flying Lotus, Rodger’s Studio Remote (formerly known as Remote Location) produced a 12-hour, online installation for Brian Eno. Today’s psychedelic piece is inspired by Gerhard Richter's abstract paintings and the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Predator, and deploys a real-time dynamic that sees movement triggered by the musical soundtrack from precocious hip-hop producer, Hudson Mohawke. The thunderous beat is taken from Warp's online game Butterstar Galactica, a collaboration with artist Thomas Traum and creative coder Mike Tucker. “Data Waterfall represents an element of nature by using digital methods,” explains Rodgers, who is also co-founder of the record label, Numbers. “I love the idea of elements like clouds being commandeered for use in a digital context, and this film is intended as an extension of that expression.”

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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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