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Until 12th December 2015 at Almine Rech Gallery
Twelve striking and monumental pieces by American artist Julian Schnabel are spreading across the walls of Almine Rech Gallery, in the Marais. The exhibition, named after the fairy tale titled ‘Jack the Beanstalk Climbed up to the Sky of Illimitableness Where Everything Went Backwards’ comes in the form of a mini-retrospective, presenting works from the 80s until now.
Schnabel is a controversial figure on the contemporary scene, and has divided the art world since the late 70s, for example by reintroducing figurative painting into the heart of contemporary art, which back then was dominated by conceptual art. Then, the freedom-loving Julian Schnabel also made excursions into the world of cinema. In 2007 he received the feature film award at the Cannes Film Festival for his movie ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’.
The center piece of the show is called ‘Virtue’. This is a large olive brown plastic sheet, enhanced by a banner carrying the eponymous mention. This enigmatic work left a great impression at the Whitney Biennial in 1987. Yet the piece remained in the artist’s studio for nearly three decades.
The Almine Rech exhibition is the opportunity to discover – or rediscover – this hypnotic work, surrounded by the most recent but equally captivating production of the artist.