© Julian Schnabel
On Thursday 22 September at 6 pm, Forma Foundation for Photography will inaugurate the exhibition Polaroids by Julian Schnabel.
For many years Julian Schnabel, the versatile American artist and director, has taken large format Polaroids using an old panoramic 20 x 24in Camera from 1970 which is as large as a fridge. His images reveal a deep, intimate poetry that mirrors the rhythm and events of his daily life as an artist. Indeed, some photographs show his family, his friends, his workspace, paintings that have just been finished, compositions he has made and objects that he has just observed casually.
The selection of images on show at Forma, including both vibrant colour images and black and whites, also includes portraits of famous friends (Lou Reed, Placido Domingo and Mickey Rourke) and perfect strangers who caught his attention nonetheless. These 80 large photographs (Schnabel has also intervened in some of them with paint) create a unique and complex fresco that gives us access to his private life, to his working environment and also gives us a glimpse of the constellation of objects, faces and places that make up his living space. They are revealing moments of a particular and vibrant daily life, sincere and profound, enigmatic and fascinating.
Vignette : © Julian Schnabel