Schnabel, in exile at the Orsay

Schnabel The Exile Small

If one didn’t know it was 2018 in Paris, one might think it was 1985 in Greenwich Village, with what with Basquiat taking over the private Musée Louis Vuitton and his biographer Julian Schnabel invited to juxtapose his work with that of Van Gogh and Cezanne, Manet and Courbet in “The Orsay as seen by Julian Schnabel,” running through January 13. While we’re usually sceptical about such pairings — which seem to reflect more classic museums’ nervousness that even the Impressionists won’t sell without a modern angle to juice them up than any legitimate aesthetic scheme — with Schnabel it actually works, particularly when the New Yorker dialogues with the Dutchman Van Gogh. Both artists reflect a poverty-informed discomfort with their spendthrift eras. And neither is locked into his times. Besides its qualities as collage, Schnabel’s canvas “Exile” is a reminder that exiles come in all colors and stripes. Julian Schnabel, “Exile.” Oil and buck’s antler on wood. 228.6 x 304.8 cm. Männerdorf-Zurich, Courtesy Galerie Bruno Bichofberger, Inv. GBB No. 15325. © Julian Schnabel Studio / Photo by Phillips/Schwab.

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