Julian Schnabel: Symbols of Actual Life

By Max Hollein

Julian Schnabel is one of the most important and virtuosic 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 conducted on the occasion of the new exhibition, and a rich gallery of related site-specific works.


Max Hollein, former director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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