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Julian Schnabel and the “day job”

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At the New York Review of Books, Sanford Schwartz considers the connection between Julian Schnabel’s work as an artist and as a filmmaker, delving into his days as an ’80s art star who published his own autobiography, “C.V.J.: Nicknames of Maitre D’s & Other Excerpts from Life,” in 1987, when he was the ripe age of 36, and suggesting that most people think he’s been doing better with the new gig:

For many members of the art world, where Schnabel’s work has been met with mixed feelings for three decades now, the movies have been received with a combination of admiration, wonderment over how he has moved adroitly into so different an endeavor, and a feeling, not untouched by condescension, that he has finally found his footing (or, as an artist friend said to me after seeing The Diving Bell, “Apparently it’s easier to make a great movie than a great painting”). My own opinion is that in these films Schnabel is less finding or fulfilling himself than creating additional ways to handle themes he has presented with real power, though more ambiguously, and sometimes all too sketchily, in his paintings.

Over at the LA Times, Chris Lee reports from Schnabel’s exhibition opening last week at the Gagosian Gallery: “‘I wanted to show some paintings,’ Schnabel added. ‘It’s my day job. It’s what I really do. All this stuff is the product of one mind.'” Brett Ratner makes an appearance and struggles to keep his entourage in line: “‘Alina, don’t touch the paintings!’ he suddenly admonished a gorgeous female companion he spotted absent-mindedly leaning most of her shoulder onto one of Schnabel’s canvases.”

[Photo: Untitled (Cotton Ball Painting), 2007; Julian Schnabel, courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery]

+ The Nerve and the Will (New York Review of Books)
+ Schnabel’s ‘day job’ (LA Times)

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

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Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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