Last night I really enjoyed Morley
Safer's interview with Julian Schnabel on 60 minutes
... mostly for the artists
hilarious meltdown over what Robert Hughes wrote years ago. First Schnabel was
offended that Safer even brought his nemesis up. Then Schnabel wouldn't drop Hughes as the subject.
(tsk tsk, overreacting to a critic is a telling sign of massive insecurities and
a more self aware artist knows how to take a punch...). As far as press goes Safer
is a pretty pleasant interviewer... why get all Khan vs Kirk with him, why attack
Safer so personally as a proxy for Kirk (erm I mean Hughes)? Still, I admire Schnabel
as a film director (though all the footage which was lost then resurfaced in
laid the groundwork for Schnabel's own Basquiat
film) but as a painter he's a second or 3rd rate practitioner compared to his
contemporaries Basquiat and Anselm Kiefer. Still I need to see his latest film The
Diving Bell and The Butterfly
Yes, the calls to action for saving MOCA (and calls
for new leadership
) as an autonomous institution keep growing. Here is the
new non-facebook mobilization page
Never been too bowled over by Schnabels work. However, I've heard he's very nice in person, especially to other artists.
He also has had some of the coolest art studios I've seen. Very spacious and industrial. Lots of elbow room. His Gehry designed house is interesting as well.
Apparently, Morley pushed the great big red button labeled "do not push."
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