JULIAN SCHNABEL is one of the two recipient of VAEA’s Paez Medal of Art 2019

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June 13th 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A message from
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
Ali Cordero Casal
Chairman
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
& the Board of Directors
Today we celebrate VAEA’s 29th anniversary and the 229th  birth anniversary of  José Antonio Páez  with this important announcement.

JULIAN SCHNABEL

Julian Schnabel, Paris 2016. Photo by Louise Kugelberg.

The VAEA is honored to award Julian Schnabel with our highest award The Paez Medal of Art, whose contribution to the visual arts and film reflects the tremendous vitality and artistic passion of an exceptional contemporary American artist.

“Must we learn again the simple, forthright experience of actually seeing a painting?

This may in fact be an essential aspect of the work of Julian Schnabel-painting on wood, on broken crockery, on the paint itself-demanding that we look, and look again, that we move forward from the American tradition of seeing art as decoration, as the safe refuge promised by the New York Times section labeled “Arts and Leisure,” equating one with the other, and thus putting a fine spin on this oxymoron in fashionable use on all sides today.

In his relentless search for authenticity, the artist works to please himself in a constant process of discovery through the very experience of the making of art, and then seeking opportunities for it to prevail. Traveling abroad, he may encounter other cultural versions of himself, or as Julian Schnabel did in reviving the long abandoned wreckage of the Cuartel del Carmen in Seville with a battle standard painted “Idiota,” opening himself to a discovery in the past, in history, even in time itself. Nearer home, do his gigantic paintings on old army tarpaulins dragged through the dirt open new avenues for discovery in our own culture, and ask us to look again? I think so.”

William Gaddis, For Julian Schnabel, 1998

About Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel is a prolific painter, sculptor, and filmmaker with multifaceted creativity. He belongs to a generation of extraordinary artists who emerged in the international art scene in the 1980s. Born in Brooklyn in 1951, Schnabel studied fine arts at the University of Houston, Texas in 1969, and moved back to New York in 1973. While traveling in Europe he was particularly moved by the Park Güell of Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. He participated in Harald Szeemann’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 1982, and was the youngest artist in the legendary exhibition A New Spirit in Painting, alongside Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, among others, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. In 1979, after his first exhibition in New York City, he became known to a wider audience for his large-scale paintings set on broken plates.

Schnabel’s paintings, sculptures, and works on paper have been the subject of numerous exhibitions in prestigious galleries and museums all over the world: the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1982; Tate Gallery, London, 1982; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1986; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany, 1987; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1987; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987-1988; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1988; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1988; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, 1989; Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, France, 1989-1990; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Munich, 1990; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1990; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1990; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 1990; Museo de Monterrey, Mexico, 1994; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 1995; Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy, 1996-1997; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2004; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2004; Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, 2009; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2010-2011; Museo Correr, Venice, 2011; The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut, 2013-2014; Dallas Contemporary, 2014; Museu de Arte de São Paulo, 2014; NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2015; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, 2016-2017; the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 2018; Musée d’Orsay, Paris, 2018; and ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, 2018.

 

In 1996 he made the film Basquiat, which he wrote and directed. In 2000 he released his second film, Before Night Falls, based on the life of the late exiled Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas; both films were selected and awarded prizes at the Venice Film Festival. In 2007 Schnabel directed his third film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He received the award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival as well as Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards, where the film won Best Foreign Language Film. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was nominated for four Oscars. That same year, 2007, Schnabel made a film of Lou Reed’s Berlin concert at Saint Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. Following that, his film Miral won the UNESCO as well as the UNICEF award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Miral was shown at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. Schnabel’s most recent film, At Eternity’s Gate (2018), with Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh, premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, where Mr. Dafoe won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor, and was also nominated for Best Actor at the Golden Globes at the 2019 Academy Awards.

About Schnabel & Benacerraf

This year VAEA is honoring with the Paez Medal of Art 2019 for the first time two filmmakers, these artists use film as a medium of expression after exploring others. Margot Benacerraf studied philosophy and literature and has always been a conscious writer; by using faces, shapes, and movement she composes in her films a minute- essay on the human condition. Julian Schnabel is a gifted artist who burst onto the art scene in the 1980s, seeking a way out of abstraction; he created iconoclast works that later on in his artistic career flawlessly transformed into moving images; configuring an eloquent narrative of forms. Challenging film critic André Bazin’s proposition that film and painting are mutually exclusive, Schnabel seeks in the subject of painting the connection to that centrifugal creative force that prolonged indefinitely into the universe. In a similar manner, the young Margot Benacerraf played with her camera to mimic the ritual dance of the artist she was filming to discover that she was also painting the evanescent reality of a film. The creative process equally fascinates Margot Benacerraf and Julian Schnabel: how does creativity work? Is it possible to capture it on camera?

Both filmmakers attempt to recreate those moments when mind and body coincide to produce art, unveiling in the process the limits of human reasoning to understand the complexities of the creative mind. In their films Reveron (1959) and At Eternity’s Gate (2018), Benacerraf and Schnabel explore the infinite realities elicited by painting, appealing ultimately to the fundamental fraternal quality motivating every artistic creation.

 

Texts by: Mario Valero, Assistant professor
Fashion Institute of Technology New York
VAEA’s advisory board member

About the Páez Medal

The Páez Medal of Art is awarded once a year to an individual or group that has had an impact and contributed to the excellence, growth, support and proliferation of the arts in Venezuela and the United States; Previous recipients include: Gustavo Dudamel in 2018, Bob Colacello in 2017, Marisol Escobar in 2016; Annie Leibovitz in 2015; Sofía Imber in 2014, Robert Wilson in 2013 and Carlos Cruz-Diez in 2012.

The Award Ceremony will take place during the fall of 2019
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Press information available in Spanish & English by request at contact@vaearts.org

About VAEA

The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts (VAEA) is a New York based 501 (c)3 public charity, founded on June 13, 1990  with the mission of promoting the best of Venezuelan and American cultures through bi-national cultural and social programs.

 

For additional information visit vaearts.org call 9172858232(vaea) or email  contact@vaearts.org

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