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Julian Schnabel returns to Texas
"Grey Roughnecks," 2003
Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel may have made a few buzz-worthy films (remember The Diving Bell and the Butterfly?) and dabbled in interior design, but painting will always be his defining craft.

After a long hiatus, the New York-based artist is bringing his work to the Dallas Contemporary--his first major museum show in the U.S. since 1987 (yep, you read that right). And we?re not surprised that he chose DC for his homecoming: Schnabel was raised in Texas and earned a BFA from the University of Houston.

An Artist Has a Past (Puffy Clouds and Strong Cocktails) opens on April 11 and features a select set of works created by Schnabel within the past decade. Of the 15 large-scale paintings, almost all incorporate found objects and images, a signature used throughout Schnabel?s career. (These plate paintings put him on the map in 1979.)

Though the entire exhibit is a visual feast, our favorite piece is the raw Untitled (Goodbye Mike Kelley), a tribute to the late artist that hearkens both 18th-century painting and kitschy retro wallpaper.

For Schnabel, it must be good to be back. 

Through August 10 at Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St.; 214-821-2522 or

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