This town just got way cooler. Recent paintings of Julian Schnabel are on temporary exhibit at the National Museum. No need to go all the way to New York or London's Tate Modern. Just go to The Museum of the Filipino People, Agrifina Circle, Ermita. The genius artist's prints are also on display at the Manila Contemporary. We went on a little field trip there today just to see. Look at those kids running in the gallery amidst all those Schnabels. Bad mom moment.
If you are up for it, the Schnabel prints are actually for sale. I felt poor pining for these.
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Please... click on the pictures to see them closer.
I asked my companions their opinions. Bear chose this as his favorite, Bill 'After a Short Silence Then', 1998. Hand-painted 18 colour screenprint. He calls it "The White Swan".
Chicha described some of Schnabel's work as "scary". To me they were "scary-beautiful". Didn't take pictures of the scary ones. Her favorite is Flamingo 1, 1991. Etching, aquatint, printed over collage on rag paper. I think this piece resonates because she likes flamingos - and she likes them because they're pink. She is trying to act like a flamingo here.
Julian Schnabel's work will be on exhibit at the Manila Contemporary up to July 5. That's at Whitespace 2314 Chino Roces Avenue, Pasong Tamo Extension. I think this is major. Go.