A feast in store from legendary 'plate' painter

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 October, 2007, 12:00am

In the art world, Julian Schnabel (below) holds something akin to rock star status. A major figure in the New York scene - known as much for his neo-expressionist plate paintings in the 1980s as his later film career directing movies such as Basquiat, about his late friend and contemporary graffiti icon Jean-Michel Basquiat - Schnabel has inspired and infuriated critics.

He is coming to the city next month for a career-spanning, 40-work exhibition thanks to 10 Chancery Lane Gallery owner Katie de Tilly, and co-presenters the Fortune Cookie Projects and bon vivant David Tang Wing-cheung.

Schnabel will be visiting the region for the first time to coincide with the show, which will run from November 6 to 23 at West Warwick House in Taikoo Place. Highlights of the exhibition include examples of the large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates that brought him to prominence.

Most recently, Schnabel grabbed the best director prize at the 2007 Cannes film festival for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He also directed Before Night Falls, and as an artist he was the youngest person to have a retrospective at the Tate Gallery.