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    Sale 5417

    Post-War & Contemporary Art

    2 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 597

    Julian Schnabel (b. 1951)

    Little Mother

    Price Realised  


    Julian Schnabel (b. 1951)
    Little Mother
    oil on rug matting
    132¼ x 96½in. (336 x 245.1cm.)
    Executed in 1983

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    Mary Boone Gallery, New York.
    Akira Ikeda Gallery, Japan.

    Pre-Lot Text

    ...when Schnabel visted Yale in '85, he was at the height of his career, and he arrived with this long fur coat and a blonde assistant to throw it to. He wore expensive clothing, a silk shirt and golden suspenders made of coins, and he walked up to all the boys, like Richard Phillips, and said, "You want a kiss?" He had a pocketful of Hershey Kisses and gave them to everybody. Then he told us to each get one painting and hang it up; and he talked for four hours. He was brilliant, more diligent and generous as a critic than almost anyone I'd ever spoken to. Only a real painter talks about painting the way Schnabel did.
    Lisa Yuskavage, 80's Then, Artforum, April 2003.


    METAPHOR and/or SYMBOL: A PERSPECTIVE ON CONTEMPORARY ART, exh. cat., Tokyo, 1984-85 (illustrated, p. 78).
    J. Schnabel, C.V.J Nichnames of Maitre D's & Other Excerpts from Life, New York 1987, (illustrated, p. 119).


    Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, METAPHOR and/or SYMBOL: A PERSPECTIVE ON CONTEMPORARY ART, November 1984-January 1985. The exhibition later travelled to Osaka, The National Museum of Art, February-March 1985.