Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Schnabel at the Legion






I don't get it. I really don't. This is such a poor excuse for a show and Schnabel is a has been, has been for quite some time. Overhyped, oversold and over the top. Hollein is being lauded for bringing "life" to a stale institution. That's not the way I - and many who love classical art see it. Let us enjoy the very few pieces of medieval, classical, Baroque, Renaissance and Impressionist art that we can enjoy. That art is scarce and for us in Northern California, a rare treat. Schnabel whom one reviewer called an "enfant terrible" is far from being an infant but he's pretty terrible. Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life” dominates most of the museum’s entry courtyard, as well as the walls of three huge galleries. The show opened this week and continues through Aug. 5, 2018. 

Maybe later I will feel like describing the oversized, flatly painted pieces with one image dripped across them like an amoeba or an single celled organism. Since scientists postulate that life began with single celled organisms, this is a perfect metaphor for art that needs to go back into the sea to grow up and actually say something. 

“Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life”: 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Aug. 5. $12-15. Under 18, free. Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., S.F. (415) 750-3600. http://legionofhonor.famsf.org

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I have to agree with you. I blew up the images looking for something, anything I could identify with. Didn't find it. Admittedly I don't understand what used to be called "modern art," but. . . this is a new low. Not being part of the art world, it's still difficult for me to understand why this *art* commands a four-month showing.