Symbols of Actual Life
This book showcases Julian Schnabel’s diverse body of work, ranging from his 2018 installation to works of the past three decades, to celebrate the scale and virtuosic materiality of his oeuvre.
Julian Schnabel is one of the most important and innovative artists working today. Since his breakthrough in the late 1970s, he has created works that have been exhibited at and collected by major museums throughout the world. Through evocative Polaroid, black-and-white, and color photography, Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life chronicles the artist’s 2018 installation at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, his first major presentation on the West Coast in more than thirty years. The volume is supplemented by an enlightening introduction to the work by Max Hollein, an interview with Schnabel, and a gallery of related site-specific works.